CHICAGO -- Sales growth for the nation's Top 100 chain restaurants outpaced unit growth for the first time in several years, according to the annual survey by Technomic Inc. here, one of the nation's leading food-service industry tracking firms. In 1998, sales growth registered 6.3%, compared with unit increases that only topped 1.7%, according to the survey. Putting the number in perspective, researchers noted that for most of the 1990s, companies focused on constructing units to boost ...

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