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Some consumers are cutting back on restaurant spending, but CEOs say not all chains are affected

Some consumers are cutting back on restaurant spending, but CEOs say not all chains are affected

Howard Schultz David Ryder | Reuters Some restaurants are reporting weaker sales or declining traffic in the second quarter, signaling that diners are cutting back on eating out to save money. But CEOs are split on how consumer behavior is changing and whether it’s impacting their companies. McDonald’s Chris Kempczinski and Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Brian …

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There is deflation in some items as Wingstop notes dropping chicken wing prices

There is deflation in some items as Wingstop notes dropping chicken wing prices

Three months ago, Wingstop put a shocker in its earnings release: It was seeing DEFLATION in bone-in chicken wing costs. The chicken chain reiterated the trend with its latest results Thursday morning and its stock rallied 20% on the news. “We are benefiting from meaningful deflation in bone-in wings,” CEO Michael Skipworth said. At a …

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McDonald's and Chipotle say customers are trading down, visiting less often as inflation hits budgets

McDonald’s and Chipotle say customers are trading down, visiting less often as inflation hits budgets

McDonald’s and Chipotle Mexican Grill say customers squeezed by inflation are choosing cheaper menu items and visiting their restaurants less often, signaling trends that could be hitting the broader restaurant industry. The two companies were among the first restaurant chains to report their second-quarter results. Wingstop, Starbucks and Taco Bell owner Yum Brands are all …

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