- The restaurant industry could have a tougher time meeting last November's comparable-store sales marks due to the 4% dip in retail store traffic during the Black Friday weekend.
- While apparel sellers gained some lost brick-and-mortar sales back through their e-commerce businesses, quick-service chains such McDonald's (MCD -0.1%) and Starbucks (SBUX -0.5%) are left on the outside looking in with foot traffic down. Dunkin Brands (DNKN -0.3%) in particular could see a dip with retail traffic in the Northeast down 9.8% compared to a year ago for the 4-day period.
- Despite the disappointing traffic numbers, channel checks show pricing was very solid in November as the restaurant sector avoided most of the promotional frenzy plaguing retail.
at CNBC.com (Nov 18, 2014)