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27th Annual Franchise 500®

Which franchisor hit #1 this year?

This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Every now and again, a team has a banner year: Think the 2004 or the 49ers in the 1989 . But only in can the entire league report a winning season. This year was a banner year for not only one company or even one category--franchising as a whole had an exceptional year. Apparently, a swarm of people have been buying franchises, bringing growth to almost every category. Franchising, by all accounts, is booming.

To help you get a piece of the pie while it's hot, we've spent the past few months doing research and analysis--not to mention the almost three decades we've invested in perfecting our ranking procedure and top-secret formula. The result: Entrepreneur's 27th Annual Franchise 500®, the world's first, best and most comprehensive ranking of franchises.

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