Lauren Shepherd

Chains tinker with pricing to maintain profits 
Restaurant operators are finding creative solutions to problems surrounding rising commodity costs and price-conscious consumers.
Restaurants not afraid of the cold 
Special promos, Restaurant Weeks, consumer tax cuts help drive winter sales
Operators more upbeat as traffic increases in third quarter 
Despite tepid consumer spending and a sputtering economic recovery, restaurant chains reported that more guests walked through their doors in the third quarter.

Companies searching for buyers can uncover alternate options 
With capital still hard to come by and sales stagnating at many dining chains, a growing number of restaurant companies are reviewing the alternatives to business as usual.

Slow to recover 
A recent string of disheartening economic reports and soft sales trends at some of the restaurant industry’s biggest chains is mounting evidence that the economic tide has not yet turned and the long wait for recovery continues.

Convenience, price key to driving fast-casual sales 
Offering more convenient locations and lower prices could drive sales for fast-casual concepts like Panera and Chipotle, a survey finds.
Analyst: Fast-food sales won't rise until unemployment falls 
Several fast-food chains may have to wait until more young men find jobs before seeing same-store sales rise, according to a restaurant analyst.
Rising tide lifts prices 
After years of offering steep discounts, restaurant operators are boosting menu prices ever so slightly...
Debt rating agencies see industry improvement 
With credit conditions in the overall economy improving, ratings agencies and analysts alike are...
Analysts name next restaurant buyout targets 
Private-equity interest in the restaurant industry is growing by the day.
Analysts see start of restaurant recovery 
NEW YORK After more than two years of slow sales and anemic guest traffic for...
Locked-up lending 
Given a lending spigot that can’t be budged, restaurateurs are turning on the creativity when...
Early sales reports show chains still struggling 
Early fourth-quarter sales reports suggest unemployment and anemic consumer spending have continued to hamper sales...
Money Matters: Food capital 
For restaurant companies searching for capital, the new year could be the light at the...

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