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Sonic stock surges on improved traffic

The company said that its same-store sales and traffic increased over the summer.

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Applebee’s, Panera Bread and more vow to erase ‘no-poach’ franchise contracts

They join seven major chains that agreed last month to stop the practice, under threat of a lawsuit.

The drive-in chain is counting on a steady stream of new products to differentiate the concept and hold consumers’ interest.

Meat-heavy items ranked high among consumers, who revealed the limited-time offers they were most likely to purchase last month.

This spring, chains such as Dunkin' Donuts and Chili's are promoting glaringly unhealthy dishes.

Woe to the restaurant that won't change with the times. But some recent results of social and business pressures were real head-scratchers, including developments at Sonic and Starbucks.

The initiative teaches franchisees how to use their POS and back-office systems as more effective cost-cutting tools.

The app-based system will enable customers of the drive-in brand to place a customized order for delivery to their car window at a particular time.

The updated discounting windows are more likely to come during the day or at night, and the drinks are as likely to be nonalcoholic as full strength.