posts tagged as Cost of Sales


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | June 13, 2019

The Counter: Restaurant Industry Scorecard for Q1 2019

Restaurants fared well through the 1st quarter of 2019, posting a 1.5% gain in same-store sales for the industry overall. But, as pressure on profit margins and fierce competition continue to weigh on the industry, some restaurants are... read more


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | December 17, 2018

The Disappearing Middle Ground: The Counter Q3 2018

Despite historically high levels of employee turnover, restaurants across segments experienced healthy growth through Q3. read more


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | April 25, 2018

The Counter: Restaurant Industry Scorecard for FY 2017

While America’s appetite for pizza couldn’t be stopped in 2017, rising labor costs, commodity prices, and costs of sales did little to improve the restaurant industry’s overall flat growth rate, according to the FY17 restaurant industry... read more


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | December 12, 2017

The Counter: Restaurant Industry Scorecard for Q3 2017

The combination of slow summer traffic and natural disasters dealt a blow to the service sector, particularly the restaurant industry through the third quarter. As a result, restaurants saw a 0.4 percent same-store sales decline through... read more


By Giselle El Biri | September 29, 2017

It’s 5:00 Somewhere: Happy Hour and Your Bottom Line

Happy hour has historically been a great way for restaurants to increase guest counts during slower time periods. But making happy hour profitable while giving guests a great experience can be tricky. To determine if happy hour will work... read more


By Adam Berebitsky | June 15, 2017

The Counter: Restaurant Industry Results for Q1 2017

How did the restaurant industry fare in Q1? Don’t miss the latest edition of The Counter, our quarterly restaurant industry scorecard. Though the industry saw a lackluster 0.7 percent same-store sales dip this quarter, pizza bolstered... read more


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | March 30, 2017

The Counter: Restaurant Industry Results for 2016

Restaurants sales stalled in 2016 as uncertainty around the U.S. economic and regulatory environments persisted. Our annual analysis of publicly traded restaurants found that same-store sales were flat last year - a slightly more... read more


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | September 14, 2016

The Counter: How Did Your Restaurant Fare?

Each quarter, we take a look at publicly traded restaurant companies’ operating results to provide insightful benchmarking information. In this issue of The Counter (previously known as quarterly Benchmarking Updates), we look at the... read more


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | February 08, 2016

Cost and Inventory Issues for Brewpubs

There are many ways to lose money in any restaurant. One of the most vulnerable areas for squandering big dollars is the management of food and beverage costs and inventory. Spoilage, theft, over-production, waste, poor planning and... read more


By Restaurant Practice Leaders | December 14, 2015

Why Should Restaurants Embrace Transparency in Management?

As Jack Stack says in his book, The Great Game of Business, the more employees know about their company, the better the company will perform. He goes on to outline the goal of open book management: to teach people how to... read more