published Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

What are the top five largest restaurant chains?

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    Chaz Cooper of T and T Signs repairs one of the signs at a local McDonald's restaurant.
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The largest restaurant chains, in order, are:

  1. McDonald’s, $32.4 billion in 2010 sales, up 4.4 percent from the prior year
  2. Subway, $10.6 billion in 2010 sales, up 6 percent
  3. Starbucks, $9.1 billion in 2010 sales, up 8.7 percent
  4. Burger King, $8.7 billion in 2010 sales, down 2.5 percent
  5. Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, $8.3 billion, down 0.6 percent

Source: Technomic consulting firm, March 2012

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