Leading 500 U.S. restaurant chains sales 2009-2015

This statistic shows the sales of the leading 500 restaurant chains in United States from 2009 to 2015. In 2014, the leading 500 U.S. restaurant chains had sales of over 274 billion dollars.

Restaurant chains - additional information

Restaurant chains are a group of restaurants with the same theme and brand which operate in numerous locations. These differ from independent restaurant which are unique to one location. Worldwide, the majority of restaurant sales are made up by independent restaurants with only around 26 percent of sales being generated by chain restaurants. This trend can be seen in every region of the world, with the exclusion of the United States and Canada. These countries are the only region in which the sales of chain restaurants are higher than that of independents, with 52.9 percent of restaurant sales being generated by chain restaurants in 2014.

The four leading quick service restaurants in the world are U.S. brands. The largest of these is McDonald’s, which generated global revenues of 27.44 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. The United States was the largest geographic segment for McDonald’s in 2014, making more revenue than all other lead markets combined. Sales of the leading full service restaurant chains in the U.S. are much lower than QSR restaurants. One of the largest full service restaurants in the United States is Applebee’s; in 2014, it generated U.S. sales of 4.57 billion U.S. dollars. In the same year, McDonald’s made over two billion dollars more in revenue in the United States.

Sales of the leading 500 restaurant chains in the United States from 2009 to 2015

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Release date

April 2016


United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2015

Supplementary notes

Figures previous to 2015 came from earlier reports.

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