The past winter stopped cold most of the recovery in consumer spending and the housing market from the end of 2013, making 2014 another slow-growth year, experts told restaurant executives at Technomic’s “Restaurants 2014 Trends & Directions” conference. Lagging wage growth and housing activity do not necessarily portend a bad year for restaurant chains, as long as those brands move quickly to recognize their potential growth markets in areas where hiring, housing ...

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