The 10 largest restaurant chains in the U.S.

Technomic Top 500: Here are the country's 10 largest restaurant chains by sales, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.


Quick-service restaurants had a tough first quarter

Was it weather? Or was it prices? Either way, fast-food restaurants have started the year off on the wrong foot, according to traffic data.

The fast-food chicken sandwich chain generated nearly $22 billion in U.S. system sales last year, according to its franchise disclosure documents, while both mall and non-mall locations thrived.

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The coffee chain’s sales and traffic slowed from October through December, according to the research firm Earnest Insights, the latest evidence of a slowdown.

McDonald’s and Chipotle have seen a shift in business from earlier in the day toward dinner, according to data from And that shift seems permanent.

The diner chain also announced preliminary sales results for Q4, with comps rising 1.5% at franchised units and sliding 1.2% at corporate stores.

The Bottom Line: The chain has been struggling in the U.S. for years as domestic consumers shift spending away from traditional bar & grill chains.

The chain will pick up 21 restaurants in North Carolina, bringing total franchised location acquisitions since May to 44.

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