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Why Greg Flynn says Applebee’s is ‘kicking ass’ right now

The country’s largest restaurant operator said Applebee’s has become the top performer in its portfolio after a big 2021.

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What is Howard Schultz doing at Starbucks?

The Bottom Line: The company is undertaking a massive overhaul that seems at odds with its overall top-line performance.

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Franchise sales were hot last year as operators cashed out

The Bottom Line: More than 9% of restaurants in the 20 largest franchise restaurant brands changed hands last year. But operators may have missed their chance at historically high valuations.

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A weak U.K. economy gives some U.S. restaurants headaches

The Bottom Line: Domino’s, Papa John’s and Krispy Kreme all said challenges across the pond caused weakness in their results. That could portend to slowing global growth.