UNH Franchising Index Surges +10.4% In Q2

Fueled by double-digit gains by 20 of its 50 component companies, the University of New Hampshire’s RCF 50 Index™ surged 10.4% in Q2, a clear indication the U.S. franchise sector is doing better than most other sectors of the economy.

“This is the largest percentage gain of the RCF 50 Index in more than four years, and far outpaces the 2.6% gain in the S&P 500,” said Dr. Hachemi Aliouche, director of the Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC) at UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. The index is a key output of RIFC’s research and is the first stock index to track the financial market performance of the U.S. franchising sector.

Best Q2 performance: Weight Watchers International Inc. (WTW), gaining almost 115%.

Worst Q2 performance: Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (HTZ), owner of the car rental brands Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty, losing 34.4 % in market value.

RCF 50 Index™ and S&P 500 Index: Total Returns


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Read the full RCF 50 Index Q2 report at www.unh.edu/rosenbergcenter.

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