Miscellaneous

We’re always interested to read which cities are the best for business, or the best for raising a family, or retiring to, or whatnot. That’s why we thought WalletHub listing of the best small cities in America to open a startup was an interesting twist. Who knew Holland, Michigan and St. George, Utah were so…

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Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks is acquiring an ownership stake in Italian bakery Princi, with 4 locations in Italy and one in central London.  The company also made headlines this week when it announced that it was increasing wages across the board by 5% up to the manager level and adding further enhancements…

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Finance & Development Conference Takeaways

DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon had the opportunity to attend the recent conference and provides us with some of his observations, going beyond the headlines and the spin from earnings calls. Overall, restaurant market share has been stagnant for years, but: Restaurant sales are flat-to-up marginally but traffic is still down from the 2007 pre-recession…

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NRF Report Projects Major Costs from New Overtime Rules

The National  Retail Federation released a new report just over a week ago that predicts that new overtime regulations being proposed by the Obama administration will result in significant increases in costs to businesses across the country, but will have the greatest impact on the retail industry.  The NRF report, conducted by Oxford Economics, found…

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