Quick-service sales show signs of improvement

Analyst: Trend will benefit 'weaker players' like Sonic, Jack in the Box

After a sluggish summer, sales at fast-food chains have started to gain momentum, according to an analyst report Monday.

Larry Miller of RBC Capital Markets Corp. said in the report that same-store sales trends within quick-service channels were up 1 percent in August and 2 percent in September, with positive trends continuing into October.

In addition, he said a poll of consumers in late August showed the first year-over-year increase in their plans to spend at q

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