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Consumer Trends

Weather put a big chill in northeast sales

The area’s freakish weather contributed to a 4.4 percent year-over-year decline in sales and a 5.9 percent drop in traffic for restaurants open at least a year.

Financing

Pruning landscaping costs

A beautiful, inviting exterior invites customers inside. Just don’t get hosed by the upkeep. Here's how to prune landscaping costs.

The decision ends what could be the industry’s first dispute with environmentalists over “nanomaterials.”

A union goes after a small restaurant chain, Tim Hortons franchisees head to court, Starbucks battles monsters, and two of the industry's best-known chefs draw spatulas—some of the business's most intense struggles have somehow dodged notice. Until now.

Every business, regardless of size, should acknowledge its responsibility to the community as a whole. By doing so, you also attract the more socially conscious customer. According to American Express Market Brief, restaurant patrons are most concerned about working conditions and wages for employees and environmental issues.

Consumers are showing more interest in doing what’s right for the environment—as long as it doesn’t cost them more.

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