That's right! According to a recent study by the International Franchise Association (IFA), the franchising sector is expected to generate in excess of $900 Billion dollars of economic output in 2016. Although the US economy still faces headwinds from a weak global economy and a strong dollar, recent data confirm the mostly sound foundations of the US economic recovery led by solid growth in consumer spending and housing. Many of the factors that have been creating a drag on real GDP growth, such as weak exports, flat government spending and an inventory correction, are of less direct relevance for the health
of the franchise sector of the economy. Many franchise businesses saw good business conditions in 2015 and will continue to see good business conditions in 2016. By most measures, the franchise sector will continue to grow at rates that exceed the economy-wide growth of industries where franchises are concentrated. According to a report by IHS Economics:The number of franchise establishments increased by 1.7% in 2015, and we expect this pace of establishment growth to be maintained in 2016.Franchise employment was up an estimated 3.0% in 2015, and we project a comparable gain of 3.1% in 2016.Franchise employment was up an estimated 3.0% in 2015, and we project a comparable gain of 3.1% in 2016. In comparison, total non-farm private sector employment is projected to increase 1.9% in 2016 after a 2.4% gain in 2015.
Growth of the output of franchise businesses in nominal dollars will accelerate from an estimated 5.6% in 2015 to 5.8% in 2016 as output per worker in the franchise sector increases in several business lines.
The gross domestic product (GDP) of the franchise sector will increase by 5.6% to $552 billion in 2016. This will exceed the growth of US GDP in nominal dollars, which is projected at 4.4%. The franchise sector will contribute approximately 3% of US GDP in nominal dollars.