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Top Burger Chains in the US According to QSR Magazine

As part of quick-service restaurant magazine QSR's feature on the top 50 quick service/fast casual brands in the country in 2010, you can view their burger chain rankings with info on total sales and units. According to the chart, the top five burger chains are McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Sonic, and Jack in the Box. Five Guys had the most growth, while Hardee's had the highest decrease in units. More

Burger Love in Social Media

From social media consultant Jason Falls comes this chart illustrating reception of major burger brands in social media based on volume of conversation, sentiment, and passion, using data pulled by ConsumerBase. In-N-Out had the most volume, but came in second for positive chatter right behind Five Guys. White Castle was the most polarizing between love and hate, and Wendy's was most disliked, although not passionately so. Read more at Falls' site, Social Media Explorer. More

Charts: Big Mac Inflation vs Official Inflation Rates

If you don't trust governments to truthfully report their inflation rates, what's one burger-related way you can cross-check official inflation rates? Check out the prices of their countries' Big Macs over the years. The Economist introduced the Big Mac Index in 1986 as a simple way to calculate the values of currencies around the world against the US dollar using the theory of purchasing power parity"the notion that a dollar should buy the same amount in all countries." Last week The Economist published this updated chart of Big Mac inflation minus official inflation rates. (Of course, Big Mac prices can't tell you everything about inflation. Because..it's a burger.) [via Karen L.] More

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