DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Technomic's 2017 report today on the nation's top 250 fast-casual restaurant chains shows the segment's revenue grew in 2016, but not at the same pace as in previous years.
And it says that Denver-based Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.'s recent struggles were a factor in that slowdown.
The annual report found that the top 250 fast casual chains grew sales cumulatively 8.4 percent in 2016 to a total of $40.4 billion, which was a better result than other segments of the restaurant industry.
Still, the growth lagged fast casual's 11.9 percent growth in 2015, and 13.8 percent growth in 2014.
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