Fast-casual chains led the restaurant industry’s unit growth through most of 2013, expanding the total number of locations in that segment by 6 percent, according to The NPD Group. The Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm found in its Fall 2013 ReCount report that the fast-casual segment also outpaced the unit growth of the entire quick-service segment, which encompasses fast-food and fast-casual outlets. Overall, the unit count across segments in the restaurant industry ...
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