Franchise businesses show signs of recovery in 2012 after three years of stagnant growth during the recession, the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation forecasted Monday.

The IFA report, compiled by the IHS Global Insight consultancy, forecasts franchised quick-service restaurant sales to increase 4.4 percent and franchised full-service restaurant sales to increase 4.2 percent in 2012. Both categories fall slightly under the average 5-percent growth rate for all 10 industry segments in the IFA’s overall economic outlook for franchised businesses.

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