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Applebee's, IHOP to Release '11 Financial Results

DineEquity, parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, will release fourth quarter 2011 financial results and issue 2012 financial performance guidance on Thursday, March 1, 2012, before the market opens.

Average Ticket Size Increased in Q4 of 2011

According to a new report, there is a continuing lift in year-over-year (YoY) card sales in the restaurant sector, as Main Street eateries reported an impressive 1.8 percent increase over recorded Q4 2010 card sales.

Focus on Franchising

This month, with the premiere of our special report that highlights “The Best Franchise Deals” for the full-service restaurant market, Restaurant Management is offering readers the opportunity to purchase information they can’t find anywhere else.

Wild Wing Cafe Sold to Private Equity

Axum Capital Partners, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based private-equity firm, today acquired a controlling interest in Wild Wing Café, a 32-unit restaurant company based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

5 & Diner Employs New Financing Solutions

As part of its aggressive franchise growth plan to bring back the roadside diner experience across the country, 5 & Diner has announced strategic relationships with BoeFly, the premier online marketplace connecting lenders with business borrowers, and FRANdata, the franchise industry’s go-to source for objective information and analysis, to help potential franchisees with bank financing and smarter business decision making.

5 & Diner Forms Partnerships to Finance Franchisees

As part of its aggressive franchise growth plan to bring back the roadside diner experience across the country, 5 & Diner has announced strategic relationships with BoeFly, the premier online marketplace connecting lenders with business borrowers, and FRANdata, the franchise industry’s go-to source for objective information and analysis, to help potential franchisees with bank financing and smarter business decision making.

Mobile Coupon Usage on the Rise

A new report from Juniper Research has found that the global redemption rate of mobile coupons will average more than 8 percent by 2016, an eightfold increase over the best paper coupons campaigns.North American and Western European markets are now beginning to follow the same growth path as the Far East & China, and by 2016 there will be more than 600 million regular mobile coupon users worldwide.

Big and Small: 10 Financial and Money-Management Best Practices

1. Install fiscal responsibility from day one. From negotiating the lease to working with a credible contractor who understands the budget, operators can save thousands by being attentive to start-up costs and injecting fiscal discipline into the restaurant’s culture from the start.

Bottomline Boosters

At its height in the 1980s, Sizzler was a $1 billion powerhouse with more than 600 units nationwide.As the millennium neared, however, the family steakhouse chain encountered hard times, including a 1996 bankruptcy.

November Restaurant Industry Snapshot Released

Black Box Intelligence (BBI), a leading provider of financial and market data for the restaurant industry released their November Restaurant Industry Snapshot today containing sales performance and trends.

Darden to Host Fiscal Q2 Call

Darden Restaurants Inc. will host its Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter conference call next Friday, December 16, at 8:30 a.m. EST . The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet.Clarence Otis, chairman & CEO, and other senior management will cover subjects including forward-looking information, such as the outlook for the current month or quarter, and the company's previously announced earnings guidance.

Black Friday Gave Restaurants 7.5 Percent Boost

Capital Access Network’s (CAN) Data Services Division released figures today showing a 5.8 percent increase in same store credit and debit card sales at Main Street merchandise retailers and restaurants this Black Friday period (Nov.

Visits to U.S. Restaurants Flat

The U.S. restaurant industry entered 2011 hopeful after ending 2010 with two consecutive quarters of one percent traffic increases, but the continuing economic saga of high unemployment and low consumer confidence kept visits to restaurants flat in the first three calendar quarters of the year, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.