The average rate of U.S. systemwide sales growth among Second 100 chains slowed to 3.9 percent in the Latest Year from 5.4 percent in the Preceding Year. A factor in that deceleration: Just 61 chains grew domestic systemwide sales in the Latest Year, with average growth of 10.1 percent, compared with the Preceding Year, when 70 chains increased sales at an average clip of 10.6 percent. The top 10 chains, which had an average sales-growth rate of 31.8 percent, were comprised mostly of ...

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