Eat up: Consumers will increase their spending at restaurants as the economy improves

The Chain Restaurants industry has experienced steady growth over the past five years. Over the period, as per capita income increased and unemployment declined, consumer confidence improved, giving rise to greater spending on sit-down meals. Although the average industry profit margin remains slim, profit margins at most chains have increased over the past five years, as revenue has grown and costs have been kept under control. The industry's run of steady growth is projected to moderate over the five years to 2022. Consumers will increase their spending at restaurants as the economy continues to improve and unemployment dissipates...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$109bn
Annual Growth 12-17
3.6%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
1.9m
Businesses
32,323
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consumers will increase their spending at restaurants as the economy continues to improve
  • The health factor has become a key focus of many operators’ marketing strategies
  • Restaurateurs will use online channels to communicate with consumers
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Chain Restaurants industry has undergone an extended period of growth over the past five years, as consumers have returned to higher levels of spending. A stark rise in consumer confidence thanks to declining unemployment and a rise in per capita disposable income has encouraged consumer spending. However, the industry has contended with rising competition from a range of food service establishments, especially those that specialize in convenient meals at a low price. Fast-casual restaurants that do not offer table service, but offer a higher quality of food and ambiance compared with a fast food restaurant, are experiencing particularly strong growth and, therefore, are increasingly taking market share away from full-service chain restaurants. Nev...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Chain Restaurants Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Chain Restaurants Industry are

  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Consumer spending and Consumer Confidence Index in the Chain Restaurants industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Chain Restaurants Industry?

    The industry comprises of chain and franchised restaurants that provide food services to patrons who order and are served while seated (i.e. waiter or waitress service) and pay after eating. These establishments may provide this type of food service to patrons in combination with selling alcoholic and other beverages.

    Industry Products
  • American food
  • Italian-American food
  • Seafood
  • Breakfast foods
  • Specialty burgers
  • Asian cuisine
  • Other food
  • Industry Activities
  • Full-service restaurant operation (waiter or waitress service at tables)
  • Chain full-service restaurant operation (directly owned and operated by owners)
  • Franchised full-service restaurant operation (under franchise agreements with franchisers)
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Consumer spending
  • Consumer Confidence Index
  • Healthy eating index
  • Households earning more than $100,000

  • Current Performance
  • Improved consumer spending obscures industry hurdles
  • New health trends emerge
  • Consolidation and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Tech-savvy operators will thrive
  • Industry remains labor intensive
  • Industry restructuring
  • Table: Chain Restaurants Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Chain Restaurants Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling
  • Beer Wholesaling
  • Dairy Wholesaling
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Fish & Seafood Wholesaling
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Fruit & Vegetable Wholesaling
  • Wine & Spirits Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • American food
  • Breakfast foods
  • Italian-American food
  • Seafood
  • Other food
  • Specialty burgers
  • Asian cuisine
  • Chart: Chain Restaurants Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Income and expenditure
  • Demographics
  • Health and lifestyle

  • Major Markets
  • Highest quintile of incomes
  • Fourth quintile of incomes
  • Middle quintile of incomes
  • Second quintile of incomes
  • Lowest quintile of incomes
  • Business and government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Chain Restaurants Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chain Restaurants

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chain Restaurants Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    DineEquity Inc.Darden Restaurants Inc.
  • Table: DineEquity Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Darden Restaurants Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Chain Restaurants Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Chain Restaurants Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Consumer spending (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Average Check
  • The average amount of money spent per check at an industry establishment.
  • Chain Restaurants
  • Restaurants owned and directly operated by a single company.
  • Comparable Store Sales
  • A retail measure used to assess the true performance of retail outlets by taking out the effect of new store openings and only looking at the sales growth of existing stores.
  • Fast Casual Restaurants
  • Self-service restaurants offering higher quality offerings, sometimes prepared to order, at a higher price point than traditional quick-service restaurants.
  • Franchised Restaurants
  • Restaurant concepts sold to individual operators. Operators receive ordering, marketing, training, financial and management support from the franchisor.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Chain Restaurants market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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