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Best Performers in This Year’s Franchise Times Top 200+


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

Moving up to $10.3 billion in sales, RE/MAX is one of several real estate brands that did well in this year’s list, which looks at year-end 2015 sales numbers. Other standouts near the front of the pack include Domino’s, which was 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.

In looking at the entire Top 200+ ranking, it was notable just how many small and midsize franchisors experienced terrific sales gains during 2015. By sector, healthcare was up 14 percent, fast-casual restaurants were up 10.2 percent, personal service brands rose 7.6 percent, business/home services grew 7.2 percent and hotel/travel increased sales by 5.9 percent.

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 blew everybody out of the water with a stunning 49.9 percent increase in sales, putting its annual global sales in 2015 at $2.4 billion—not bad for such a young pup.

There are plenty of notable increases throughout the remainder of the list, including Five Guys (No. 74) up 14 percent, Planet Fitness (No. 75) up 25 percent, Culver’s (No. 85) up 15.5 percent and Wingstop (No. 99) up 20.9 percent, for a total of $821 million in annual sales.

This is just one of many ways to look at this year’s Franchise Times Top 200+ numbers. Putting this all together is a truly heroic project. Making sense of it all and finding the embedded story lines is the easy and fun part—and definitely worth a closer look for anybody in the franchise industry. Click HERE to dive into this year’s full list of the 500 largest U.S-based brands in franchising.

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