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More standouts from our Top 200+ project


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In a year with stunning sales drops at some of franchising’s largest brands, it’s equally notable how many brands posted excellent systemwide sales growth numbers.

Take RE/MAX, for example, which increased its year-over-year sales by 13 percent and moved from No. 11 to No. 8 on our exclusive annual ranking of the largest U.S.-based franchise companies. Other standouts near the front of the pack include Domino’s, up 11.2 percent, Taco Bell, up 5.9 percent, Chick-fil-A, up 17.4 percent and Keller Williams Realty, which grew its sales by an impressive 23.6 percent during the year. Further down the list, Marriott’s Courtyard brand was up 11.7 percent, Buffalo Wild Wings grew by 10.9 percent, Residence Inn was up 11.7 percent and Hilton Garden Inn rose 12.3 percent. Just a little farther down, at No. 52, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a Warren Buffett brand,  blew everybody out of the water with a spectacular 49.9 percent increase in sales, putting its annual global sales in 2015 at $2.4 billion—not bad for such a young pup. More notables: Five Guys, up 14 percent; Planet Fitness, up 25 percent; Culver’s, up 15.5 percent; and WingStop, up 20.9 percent.

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