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Restaurants added just 1,600 jobs last month

A bad winter likely chilled job growth and put an end to the strong recent run of industry expansion, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Are consumers trading their burgers for steak?

The diverging performances of chains such as Outback Steakhouse and Steak ‘n Shake show an economy heading in two directions, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs over the past two months despite rising labor costs.

The hiring came as the overall job market appears to be accelerating.

Stocks fell Tuesday amid economic concerns, which only adds to potential problems facing restaurants, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Despite low unemployment, real wages simply haven’t grown all that much, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Improving wages and tax cuts are yielding more spending, but consumers' lack of savings makes for a shaky foundation.

But the industry’s rate of hiring has slowed in recent months.

But even in weak sectors, restaurants with the right combination of factors can win market share.

Anti-U.S. sentiment could hurt American brands eager to expand in Asia, says RB’s The Bottom Line.