WASHINGTON -- Fast-food restaurant sales will pass the $100 billion mark for the first time in 1997, and the retail-host category, which includes supermarket restaurant operations, will grow by nearly 5%, or $647 million, over 1996, according to a recently released annual food-service study. Enhanced takeout offerings, growth of coffee bars and the proliferation of warehouse clubs will lead the advance in retail-host food-and-drink sales, expected to reach $13.9 billion in 1997, according ...
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