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Vehicles Coming Off Lease Could Cause New Sales Tumble, Analyst Says

Climbing vehicle and light truck lease returns, which are projected to reach record numbers, could send American new-vehicle sales in a downward spiral, says an auto industry analyst.

Franchise Hiring Lowest in Almost Five Years

National employment in the private sector was up by 177,000 jobs in April, a moderate slowdown compared to previous months. However, franchised establishments were especially hard hit. Franchise jobs increased by only 5,400 in April, according to the monthly ADP National Franchise Report.

Restaurant Count in 2016 Drops Most Since Recession

The number of restaurants in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in ten years, according to a count of commercial restaurant locations compiled each spring and fall by a major foodservice researcher. Restaurant locations fell in 2016 by two percent, according to The NPD Group.

Car Dealers Fear Losing Control through Burgeoning Factory Incentives

Car dealers have seen some significant changes taking place in the car business in recent years. Many feel that the changes have been eating away at their control:

Panera Bread Highlights from Founding to Present

This timeline of key events provides a short and interesting look at Panera Bread's 36-year history, from the time Ron Shaich and his father bought 60 percent of Louis Kane's debt-ridden Au Bain Pain in 1981 to yesterday, when the announcement was made that JAB was purchasing Panera for $315 a share in a transaction valued at approximately $7.5 billion, including the assumption of about $340 million in net debt.

Why Bitcoin Might Be Right for Your Small Business

Bitcoin is accepted by some of the world's best-known corporations, such as Subway, Microsoft, Intuit and Whole Foods. Is it time for your small business to join them?

U.S. Hiring Booms in February, while Franchise Hiring Lags

workersNonfarm private sector employment in the United States grew by a whopping 298,000 in February, according to actual payroll data compiled by the ADP National Employment Report. The U.S. economy has not had such a stellar monthly job number in years.

QSR Traffic Stalls, Full Service Visits Down in 2016

As goes the U.S. quick service restaurant (QSR) segment, so goes the total foodservice industry.

Research: Canadian Full-Service Restaurants Should Expand Convenience and Differentiation

A restaurant researcher finds that full-service restaurants in Canada are slowing as competition heats up from the more nimble fast-casual segment. The researcher, Chicago-based Technomic, says that full-service restaurants need a better answer in growing demand through a convenient, differentiated dining experience.

Research Shows Light Visitors Key to Restaurant Growth

A foodservice researcher argues to restaurateurs that if half of its not-so-frequent visitors who are turning away from restaurants made one more visit per year it would be an incremental increase in sales to the industry of $1.1 billion.