The RIFC 50 Index, which tracks the franchise sector, outperformed the S&P 500 last year. "For the whole 2017 year, the RIFC 50 Index was up 28.6 percent while the S&P 500 gained 19.4 percent," noted E. Hachemi Aliouche, director of the University of New Hampshire's Rosenberg International Franchise Center.
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