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Fast Food Stock Slump Blamed for Dow Decline

With Americans spending less money on eating out last month, McDonald’s and other fast-food company stocks slumped, holding back The Dow Jones industrial average.

Non-traditional Food Retailers Pose More Threat to Restaurant Chains

The line between restaurants and food retailers is growing ever thinner. The fight for America’s food dollars continues to intensify as consumers find fresh prepared ready-2-eat food options at a wide and growing array of outlets across almost every channel: convenience stores, chain drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, club stores, vending and even more non-food retailers like dollar stores.

What Restaurants Must Fix Operationally in 2013

Restaurant sector challenges of negative same store sales comparables, consumer unease, rising food commodity costs and some magnitude of increased heath care costs emanating from Obama Care appeared in 2012. The same issues will be present in 2013.

Burger King: More Ultra Low Promotions Underway

Restaurants will be struggling like never before to generate positive comparable sales this quarter.

Memo to McDonald's: Fix the Reporting!

It’s happened again: McDonald’s (MCD) weak same store sales results for October announced today threatened to take down the entire restaurant space stock platform.

Responsible Reporting for Burger King, DineEquity, Dunkin Brands

Over the next two weeks there will be several “pure play” restaurant franchisors that will report earnings: Dunkin Brands (DNKN), Burger King (BKW), and DineEquity (DIN). It should also be mentioned that Sonic Drive In (SONC) and Domino’s (DPZ), which are both 90% franchised, reported in last week.

65 Inch HDTVs Are Slowing Restaurants' Growth

 Retail foodservice continues evolving with a strong focus on the consumer.  At the intersection of the consumer, technology and retail food sales we find the grocerant niche creating

Restaurant Momentum: Six Standouts

The business press and Wall Street are focusing on signals of quarter to quarter sales momentum. There is no doubt that restaurant sales momentum cooled off from late 2011 and 2012, but its far from a disaster. We have settled into a new normality that is actually closer to 2010-2011 levels.

Top 10 Restaurant Franchisees, 2012

Top franchise owners these past eighteen months went through major change.

In Tough Times Franchisors Continue to Pull Away from Running Own Restaurants

As Burger King, KFC, Arby's and Applebee's sell off company-owned restaurants to franchisees, reporter Jonathan Maze writes that franchisors are increasingly refranchising.