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How Domino's got its groove back

Domino's saw same-store sales numbers once again after hitting a bit of a slump


Welcome to First Bite, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, your daily source of news from NRN hosted by Holly Petre.

Today, we’re talking about Domino's recent Q3 earnings report.

Against the backdrop of continued inflation and industry-wide staffing shortages, Domino’s Pizza delivered positive domestic Q3 results Thursday morning, including a same-store sales increase of 2%.

This is compared to a negative 2.9% in Q2. In fact, three of the past four quarters have been negative for the brand – a trend the company hasn’t experienced in a decade as it lapped anomalously positive trends throughout the first two years of the pandemic.

Domino’s breaks down its system in quintiles based on how fully staffed restaurants are. The gap between the top and bottom quintiles has been shrinking every quarter – from 17 points in Q1 to 11 points in Q2 and 8 points in Q3 – and service times are improving accordingly. CEO russel Weiner said the number of job applications and new hires in corporate stores are “more or less” at 2019 levels.

Listen to Alicia Kelso explain her take-aways from the recent earnings call.

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