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Restaurant marketing turns weird


The Bottom Line: Consumer spending continues to grow this holiday season, but it’s slowing, and businesses are more cautious, large banks told investors this week.

The eatertainment chain operator’s stock fell 7% after saying sales slowed down so far this quarter.

A Deeper Dive: Gary Occhiogrosso, founder of Franchise Growth Solutions, joins the podcast this week to talk about franchising.

Margins are thinning and lending is tightening. But franchise brands continue to push growth, and many are finding success recruiting new operators.