Report predicts slight growth for restaurant franchising in '09

WASHINGTON Restaurants are one of few franchised businesses actually expanding, even if only slightly, during this economic downturn, according to an International Franchise Association Educational Foundation report released Wednesday.

The franchise industry this year is expecting a decline as a whole -- by the number of establishments, jobs and economic output -- but a 1.5 percent increase in the number of quick-service restaurants and a 1.3 percent increase in

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