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Yum Brands reports strong sales led by KFC

Heidi Chung
·Reporter
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  In this photo illustration the KFC logo is pictured besides a selection of chicken pieces on February 20, 2018 in Bristol, England. KFC has been forced to close hundred of its outlets as a shortage of chicken, due to a failure at the company's new delivery firm DHL, has disrupted the fast-food giant's UK operation and is thought to be costing the fast food chain £1million a day.  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A photo illustration the KFC logo is pictured besides a selection of chicken pieces. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Yum Brands (YUM) reported stronger-than-expected earnings and sales during the first quarter.

Same-store sales, a key metric for restaurants, grew 4% globally. Global sales were expected to have grown at a 2.7% rate during the first quarter.

KFC, Yum’s largest brand, posted 5% same-store sales growth, exceeding analysts’ expectations for 3.1% growth.

Meanwhile, Taco Bell posted same-store sales growth of 4%. Analysts were projecting 4.8% during the quarter.

Pizza Hut same-store sales stayed steady. Consensus estimates were for 0.3% growth.

“First-quarter results were a solid start to the year, reflecting particular strength at the KFC division and Taco Bell U.S. With this quarter, we have a healthy foundation to help us achieve our 2019 guidance,” CEO Greg Creed said in a statement.

Yum reported adjusted earnings of 82 per share during the first quarter, better-than-expectations for 81 cents per share. Revenue was in line with expectations at $1.25 billion.

Yum’s earnings conference call kicks off at 8:15 a.m. ET.

Heidi Chung is a reporter at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter: @heidi_chung.

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