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The chicken sandwich was really big for Popeyes last quarter

Franchisee Carrols Restaurant Group said its Popeyes same-store sales were up more than 21% last quarter, while Burger King underperformed.

Financing

Black Box: Sales improved in November, but there’s a catch

A late Thanksgiving, and not organic sales, gave November the appearance of a strong month, so expect a chilly December.

Fast-food chains and larger concepts won the third quarter, leaving smaller, mostly casual-dining chains behind, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The chicken sandwich chain’s charitable arm has shifted its spending priorities and will not fund controversial groups next year.

But the industry’s same-store sales have stabilized in recent months.

Though it only lasted five hours, the company’s plant-based chicken event generated 2 billion media impressions.

The company says its same-store sales rose to their strongest level in four years following the return of the popular product.

Restaurants continue to depend on check growth as customer count falls.

Chick-fil-A remains the top brand among young consumers, according to a semiannual Piper Jaffray survey.

Better performances by a handful of big concepts are putting Top 500 chains on pace for their best year since 2015.

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