The Wall Street Journal's list of 25 franchise high performers includes Abbey Carpet & Floor, Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits, Home Instead Senior Care, Stanley Steemer and Two Men And a Truck, among others. More than 300 companies franchised for the first time in 2006, according to the International Franchise Association and research firm FRANdata, but the pace is expected to slow as the economy slows, particularly for consumer-focused businesses.

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