This year’s universe of Top 100 restaurant chains posted the lowest average growth rate in estimated sales per unit, or ESPU, in at least three years, underscoring the difficulty that operators face today in moving the needle at the store level. Of the 100 chains in this report,  just 66 brands posted year-over-year increases in ESPU, compared with 83 brands that posted gains in last year’s Top 100 report. On average for the Top 100 chains, ESPU rose 1.1 percent in the ...

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