Leading quick-service restaurant chains in the U.S. in 2018, by sales per unit

This statistic shows the leading quick-service restaurant (QSR) chains in the United States in 2018, by sales per unit. Raising Cane's placed second on the list with an average of 2.96 million U.S. dollars in sales per unit in 2018.

Quick-service restaurants - additional information

The leading quick service restaurant chain in terms of sales per unit was Chick-fil-A, with 4.17 million U.S. dollars worth of sales per unit in 2018. Chick-fil-A is a southern American fast food chain specializing in chicken sandwiches. It was founded in 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia, and has since grown to compete with the global leaders of the fast food industry.

In an April 2018 survey, Chick-fil-A placed as the U.S. consumer’s favorite chicken restaurant five percent ahead of its closest competitor Raising Cane’s.

The fast food industry in the United States is certainly a profitable one. In 2018, the fast food restaurants are forecasted to generate approximately 214.8 billion U.S. dollars in revenue – a figure which was forecasted to reach 223.9 billion by 2020. The industry is still expanding, with rising establishment numbers expected to near 250 thousand in the coming years. Good news for U.S. consumers, 20 percent of whom visit quick service restaurants at least once per week.

Leading quick-service restaurant (QSR) chains in the United States in 2018, by sales per unit

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Release date

August 2019


United States

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Supplementary notes

*Includes figures estimated by Technomic.
Figures have been rounded.
Leading QSR chains in terms of systemwide sales.
Figures for Wendy's and Jack in the Box include a small amount of international locations.

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