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Full service keeps sliding in 2018

It was a tough year across the full-service space—for casual-dining players.
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The continued decline of full service was evident, especially in the 0.6% decrease in unit growth. Casual dining in particular was hurting, posting a 1.5% drop in units. The bright spot for full service was fine dining, which saw growth in both sales and units. While it makes up just under 5% of full service, fine dining continues to appeal to a certain set of consumers, especially the expense-account crowd.

Full-service sales growth by segment:

  • 1% — Top 500 overall full-service sales growth
  • 0.4% — Top 500 casual-dining sales growth
  • 2.1% — Top 500 family-dining sales growth
  • 5.3% — Top 500 fine-dining sales growth

Casual Dining

2018 RankChain Name2017 US Sales ($000,000)2017 US Units
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

Family Dining

2018 RankChain Name2017 US Sales ($000,000)2017 US Units
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

Fine Dining

2018 RankChain Name2017 US Sales ($000,000)2017 US Units
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

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