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The consumption tax hike has brought the restaurant industry — already grappling with shortages of labor and rising costs of materials — yet another challenge in keeping customers and attracting new ones.

Major restaurant operators have taken various measures out of fear that the tax increase from 8 percent to 10 percent for eat-in food will push customers to choose takeout, which in order to ease the burden on poorer households will still be taxed at 8 percent under the two-tier system that began Tuesday.

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