As the foodservice industry enters 2007, hiring is on an uptick, consumer spending is growing at about 2.8 percent, and fuel prices are moderating. Interest rates will likely remain stable and inflation numbers have moderated. Altogether, not a bad environment in which to operate, although one that does suggest somewhat slower economic growth than we've had in recent years (Fig.3). Still, several noncommercial segments are forecast to have significantly higher growth rates in 2007 than even ...

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