http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagestories en Sales Shrink for Burger Chains http://www.bluemaumau.org/13804/competition_heats_sales_contract_burger_chains <div class="photoright"><img alt="Culver's" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tzUyjArmQu4/U0YXkRUq4iI/AAAAAAAB5NA/ooZqyQq9IRk/w1293-h629-no/DON_3794.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 331px;" /> <div class="caption">Culver&#39;s in the Midwest bucks slumping trend in a big way by growing chain sales 8% in 2013. Photo/bmm</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &ndash; Restaurant researcher Technomic reports today that burger chains recorded nominal sales growth of only 1.2 percent, while limited-service burger segment sales actually contracted in 2013.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13804/competition_heats_sales_contract_burger_chains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13804/competition_heats_sales_contract_burger_chains#comments food trends burger chains fast casual fast food hamburger sales QSR Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:07:31 +0000 BMM 13804 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Visits Increase in Fine Dining Segment for Last Three Years http://www.bluemaumau.org/13801/visits_increase_fine_dining_segment_last_three_years <div class="photoright"><img alt="Ruth's Chris Steak House" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7212/13731021724_978190686d_n.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 328px;" /> <div class="caption">Ruth&rsquo;s Chris <a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=190038" target="_blank">traffic comps in Q4 2013</a> increased 4.5%. Photo by BMM</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &mdash; Here&#39;s the bad news first. Fine dining traffic declined by double-digits during the recession. But the good news is that visits have rebounded after the segment evolved to meet the needs of today&#39;s foodservice consumer. </p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13801/visits_increase_fine_dining_segment_last_three_years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13801/visits_increase_fine_dining_segment_last_three_years#comments food trends foodservice research The NPD Group Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:42:55 +0000 Don Sniegowski 13801 at http://www.bluemaumau.org March Ends on Weekly Sales Rebound http://www.bluemaumau.org/13785/march_ends_weekly_sales_rebound <p>NEW YORK &ndash; The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs (GS) Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by a sharp 3.6% on a week-over-week basis ending March 29.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13785/march_ends_weekly_sales_rebound" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13785/march_ends_weekly_sales_rebound#comments retail trends Goldman-Sachs ICSC Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:56:56 +0000 Don Sniegowski 13785 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Mixed Demand Leads to Mixed Retail Results http://www.bluemaumau.org/13747/mixed_demand_leads_mixed_retail_results <p>NEW YORK &ndash; After three weekly sequential sales gains retailers experienced mixed results as retail demand varied across categories and overall was softer than the prior week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13747/mixed_demand_leads_mixed_retail_results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13747/mixed_demand_leads_mixed_retail_results#comments retail trends Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:22:40 +0000 BMM 13747 at http://www.bluemaumau.org February Leading Economic Index Shows Strong Uptick http://www.bluemaumau.org/13735/february_economic_index_shows_big_uptick <p>NEW YORK &ndash; The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. shows that the economy is improving. It increased a whopping 0.5 percent in February to 99.8 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 percent increase in January, and a 0.1 percent decline in December.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13735/february_economic_index_shows_big_uptick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13735/february_economic_index_shows_big_uptick#comments trends Leading Economic Index The Conference Board Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:37:20 +0000 BMM 13735 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchise Jobs Grow by 12,050 in February http://www.bluemaumau.org/13728/franchise_jobs_grow_12050_february <p><img alt="Now hiring at Sonics, photo taken and retouched by Blue MauMau" src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3688/13272468133_b991977280_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 320px; float: right; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" />ROSELAND, N.J. &ndash; Private-sector franchise jobs in the United States increased by 12,050 during the month of February 2014.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13728/franchise_jobs_grow_12050_february" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13728/franchise_jobs_grow_12050_february#comments franchising small business trends ADP Franchise Jobs Report Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:04:36 +0000 BMM 13728 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Weather Still Dampens Chain Store Performance http://www.bluemaumau.org/13720/weather_still_dampens_chain_store_performance <p>NEW YORK &ndash; The battle between winter and spring weather across the nation continued to wage on this past week resulting in mixed performance within the retail industry.&nbsp; Overall, the enc</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13720/weather_still_dampens_chain_store_performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13720/weather_still_dampens_chain_store_performance#comments trends Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:18:24 +0000 BMM 13720 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Gotta Have More Protein! http://www.bluemaumau.org/13714/gotta_have_more_protein <div class="photoright"><img alt="consumers want more eggs, chicken and yogurt to up their protein" src="http://bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/031714_1503_GottaHaveMo1.jpg" style="height: 330px; width: 330px;" /></div> <p>CHICAGO &mdash; The majority of U.S. consumers (78 percent) agree that protein contributes to a healthy diet and more than half of adults say they want more of it in their diets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13714/gotta_have_more_protein" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13714/gotta_have_more_protein#comments food trends Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:04:03 +0000 BMM 13714 at http://www.bluemaumau.org February Chain Sales End Positive http://www.bluemaumau.org/13673/february_chain_sales_end_positive <p>NEW YORK &ndash; Adverse weather conditions throughout the fiscal month made February a challenging environment for retail sales, but chain store sales peeped out from negative territory into positive the final week of the month as increased retailer promotions enticed some consumers to shop and spend.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13673/february_chain_sales_end_positive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13673/february_chain_sales_end_positive#comments retail trends chain store trends Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index ICSC International Council of Shopping Centers Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:09:20 +0000 BMM 13673 at http://www.bluemaumau.org U.S. Restaurant Count Limply Reaches 633,043 http://www.bluemaumau.org/13658/us_restaurant_count_limply_reaches_633043 <p>CHICAGO ─ The number of restaurants in the United States increased by less than one percent from a year ago.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/13658/us_restaurant_count_limply_reaches_633043" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/13658/us_restaurant_count_limply_reaches_633043#comments food trends foodservice research The NPD Group Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:17:28 +0000 BMM 13658 at http://www.bluemaumau.org