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APT Index: May Restaurant Sales Increase [+3.3%], with Strong Growth on Memorial Day

June 11th, 2015 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in APT Index - (Comments Off on APT Index: May Restaurant Sales Increase [+3.3%], with Strong Growth on Memorial Day)

APT announced today that the APT Index of restaurant sales increased [+3.3%] nationwide in May 2015, compared to May of last year, with an even higher increase on Memorial Day Weekend [+5.2%]. The APT Index of quick-service restaurant (QSR) sales increased [+5.2%], while the APT Index of full-service restaurant (FSR) sales increased [+1.4%]. Click here to read the full report.

APT Index: April Restaurant Sales Up [+3.6%], Marking Another Month of Strong Growth

May 12th, 2015 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in APT Index - (Comments Off on APT Index: April Restaurant Sales Up [+3.6%], Marking Another Month of Strong Growth)

APT announced today that the APT Index of restaurant sales for April 2015 increased [+3.6%], compared to April of last year. The increase was driven by an increase in check size [+3.4%]. The APT Index of quick-service restaurant (QSR) sales increased [+5.9%], while the APT Index of full-service restaurant (FSR) sales increased [+2.3%]. Click here to read the full report.

APT Index: March Same-Store Restaurant Sales Increase [+3.5%]

April 13th, 2015 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in APT Index | Restaurant Trends - (Comments Off on APT Index: March Same-Store Restaurant Sales Increase [+3.5%])

APT today announced that the APT Index of in-store restaurant sales for March 2015 increased [+3.5%] compared with March of last year, as Americans’ view of the economy reached an 8-year high. APT Index quick-service restaurant sales increased [+6.2%], and APT Index full-service restaurant sales increased [+1.6%]. Click here to read the full report.

APT Index: February Same-Store Restaurant Sales Increase [+3.5%]

March 10th, 2015 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in APT Index | Restaurant Analytics | Restaurant Trends - (Comments Off on APT Index: February Same-Store Restaurant Sales Increase [+3.5%])

APT today announced that the APT Index of in-store restaurant sales for February 2015 increased [+3.5%] compared with February of last year. The increase was driven by an increase in check size [+4.4%]. The APT Index of Quick-Service Restaurant sales increased [+5.5%] and the APT Index of Full-Service Restaurant sales increased [+2.2%]. Click here to read the full report.

8 Tips for Improving Your Testing Process

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Admin in Restaurant Analytics - (Comments Off on 8 Tips for Improving Your Testing Process)

Most restaurant chains use in-market tests to help inform decisions. But just running tests isn’t enough. Based on our work with dozens of restaurant brands, here are eight tips for improving your testing process. (more…)

What’s on tap for restaurants in 2015?

January 15th, 2015 | Posted by Admin in Restaurant Trends - (Comments Off on What’s on tap for restaurants in 2015?)

In 2014, more restaurants introduced digital ordering, new labor laws caused executives to re-evaluate their staffing models, and restaurants continued to focus on growing sales in slower dayparts. In 2015, we expect the importance of digital to grow, enabling restaurants to focus more on offering customizable options and sending targeted offers to their guests. Meanwhile, as restaurants continue to streamline their menus, new calorie laws will likely lead to healthier options and new menu layouts. From 15 years of experience working with top restaurant organizations, here are key trends for restaurants this year. (more…)

APT Chairman Co-Authors Harvard Business Review Article

December 15th, 2014 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in Restaurant Analytics - (Comments Off on APT Chairman Co-Authors Harvard Business Review Article)

APT Co-Founder and Chairman, Jim Manzi, recently co-authored a Harvard Business Review article with HBS Professor Stefan Thomke about how experimentation can help companies de-risk new ideas and drive innovation. The article details a “checklist” for running business experiments and identifies how Big Data can dramatically improve the experimentation process.

Click here to download a full copy of the article.

APT Index Reports October Restaurant Sales Up 3.4%, or an Estimated $1.6 Billion Increase

November 12th, 2014 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in APT Index - (Comments Off on APT Index Reports October Restaurant Sales Up 3.4%, or an Estimated $1.6 Billion Increase)

Restaurant same-store sales increased 3.4% in October 2014 compared to October 2013, according to data from the APT Index. Performance was better in areas where unemployment decreased, where temperature increased, and where median income was less than $75K. Click here to view the top and bottom performing cities.

Variable Pricing: How will guests respond?

November 11th, 2014 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in Pricing - (Comments Off on Variable Pricing: How will guests respond?)

APT SVP Jonathan Marek discusses the trend of variable menu pricing, and its implications for restaurants.

APT Index Reports September Restaurant Sales Up 2.1%

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by Mckenzie Harper in APT Index - (Comments Off on APT Index Reports September Restaurant Sales Up 2.1%)

Restaurant same-store sales increased 2.1% in September 2014 compared to September 2013, according to data from the APT Index. Areas that performed better included those with less rainfall, those where median income was less than $50K, and those where median age was less than 35. Click here to view the top and bottom performing cities.