NEW YORK — Retail chain stores in the United States posted a modest gain of 1.7 percent for the fiscal month of February on a year-over-year basis, according to a tally of comparable-store sales compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
"I'm trying to cut back/avoid gluten in my diet."
Source: NPD Group/Dieting Monitor, 52 week year ending Jan. 30, '13
CHICAGO —As of this January about a third of U.S. adults say they want to cut down or be free of gluten in their diets, the highest percentage making this claim since market researcher The NPD Group, began asking the question in 2009.
Data: The NPD Group/Planning for Growth in the New Normal Marketplace
CHICAGO — With little to no growth forecasted for the restaurant industry over the next several years and consumer frugality being the "new norm," restaurants will need to cater to the needs of their cost-conscious customers to build loyalty and enhance value, according to market researcher The NPD Group.
Emotional engagement: Best Western provides cleaned spare blankets & pillows in a new "wrap," reassuring each guest of cleanliness. Photo/BW
NEW YORK — Best Western and Days Inn are the top brands for customer loyalty in their respective hotel categories. The Best Western brand is ranked number one by consumers for midscale hotels and Days Inn is ranked number one for economy hotels.
Data: The NPD Group/SnackTrack Holidays Valentine's Day Profile
CHICAGO — Seventy-eight percent of shoppers will not begin to shop for Valentine's Day until at least a week before, finds a recent survey by market researchers The NPD Group .
Growth in professional sports franchises & key related industries
SANTA MONICA, Calif. —If you want to own a franchise, research shows that the boats rise a little faster for sports team owners. If you can afford one, professional sports team franchises will be one of the strongest growing sectors compared to other sectors tied to sports.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Janney Capital Markets maintained its rating of buy for McDonald's stock (NYSE:MCD) based on its anticipation that same-store sales for McDonald's restaurant units will gradually improve in 2013. "We believe that investors are more prepared today than they were in September for the tough sales comparisons," said Mark Kalinowski, analyst for Janney.
Edward Morse, head of commodities research at Citigroup Global Markets Inc., discusses today's somewhat high price in U.S petroleum, saying he expects it to come down, and covers the outlook for global crude oil markets.