The week before Easter found pizza operators with little to celebrate as stock values for the four brands monitored by this site continued their downward trend and there was little in the way of relief from the prices being paid for commodities.
Overall, it was a fairly costly week for pizza operators' essential commodities, though ascending cheese prices returned to reality and the stock market reality was uncharacteristically harsh on Domino's value last week.
Values of the brands monitored by Pizza Marketplace soared in last week's trading. And although that news was tempered somewhat by slightly higher commodity costs overall, after a series of weeks of falling stock values, most pizza restaurateurs are likely not complaining about their balance sheets.
Polls and restaurant traffic data this year have made it relatively clear that limited-service restaurant customers today are increasingly concerned about the price they pay when eating out. Even as the fundamentals of the American economy remain strong, consumers continue to grow weary about spending money on fast food.
The lucky leprechauns of St. Patrick's Day appear to have leaped right over pizza restaurateurs last week, after five days of relatively little to celebrate on the commodities and stock markets in the way of prices.
The cause-and-effect relationship of market data studies is rarely displayed as clearly as it was in pizza trading last week after the mid-week news of a new NPD Group study that found a growing number of consumers are eating at home these days.
Last week's stock market and commodities trading action was relatively positive for most pizza brands, which grew in value in overall trading and had some good news in the price paid for oft-used commodities like cheese.
At a time when the incoming administration in Washington shows little support for increasing the federal minimum wage or putting programs in place to assist American workers with health coverage, at least in New York City, Domino's is working in...
The overall production tab for pizza restaurateurs took a hit last week in commodities trading when just about every basic need in the pizza-making and delivery process increased over the course of the week.