The Disappearing Middle Class Is Becoming The Fast-Food Industry’s Biggest Problem

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The widening wealth gap between the rich and the poor in the US is taking a toll on fast-food chains.

Traffic at quick-service restaurants, which have an average check size of about $5, were flat in the year ending June 2014 compared to the same period last year, while traffic at fine-dining restaurants increased 3% over the same period, according to data from The NPD Group.

The graph below illustrates the differences in traffic between high-end and low-end dining over the past three years. Read More

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