Top 100 chains as a group added 4,259 U.S. units in the Latest Year, representing year-over-year growth of 2.3 percent, compared with 1.9 percent in the Preceding Year. That increase marked the chains’ best new store development performance in six years. The Latest Year also saw the end to a five-year decline in company-operated locations. The average growth rate in U.S. units remained flat at 3.1 percent in both the Latest and Preceding years, but more Top 100 chains added units in ...

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