To the degree that a rising tide lifts all boats, U.S. economic indicators for 2004 promise a classic election year boomlet, with positive implications for virtually every onsite foodservice segment (Fig. 1). The country is enjoying a rebound in manufacturing, consumer confidence is rising and the GDP is on an upswing (Figs. 2 & 3). On the cost side, increases in wholesale food prices are expected to moderate (Figs. 4 & 5). Throughout 2004, monetary policy will likely remain ...

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