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Retail shops keep shutting their doors

Closures by retail chains like Fred’s and GameStop continue a brutal pattern in 2019, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Financing

Investor presses Outback’s parent for a sale or breakup

Jana Partners is resuming its call for a strategic redirection two years after a truce was struck.

Chief executives of Domino’s and Starbucks both say the consumer is strong, even as economic concerns worry investors.

Management is focusing on higher-priced menu options to help margins while aiming to please value-hunters with improved operations.

Investment in the industry is up, along with same-store sales, but bankruptcies and store closures are more common. RB’s The Bottom Line tries to make sense of it.

Size didn't seem to matter for this mixed bag of operators during their most recent quarters. Labor and traffic proved as much of a challenge for them as it did for chains of scale.

Brinker International said the redirections will set up the casual giant for extended growth.

The barbecue chain says to-go comps at company stores rose 6.8%, holding the decline in overall same-store sales to 0.8%. Franchisees' domestic comps rose 0.7%.

RB’s The Bottom Line examines the bankruptcy filing of Perkins & Marie Callender’s, which came after a brutal two-year period for the company.

The chain is working to speed up orders as the company looks to turn around weak traffic.

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