Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell sales bounce back in US as restrictions ease

Pizza Hut, Kfc And Taco Bell Sales Bounce Back In Us As Restrictions Ease
KFC restaurant. Photo: AP/Press Association Images
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By Associated Press Reporter

Profit at the company that runs Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC restaurants more than tripled during the first quarter and same-store sales surged as coronavirus restrictions began to lift this year.

Yum Brands earned $326 million (€269 million) for the period ending March 31st, which last year was marked by exploding Covid-19 infections in the US.


In that three-month stretch last year, the company’s profit fell to $83 million, compared with $262 million in the same three months in 2019.

Taco Bell restaurant
Yum Brands runs Taco Bell. Photo: PA

So the bounceback for the company’s restaurants was better than pre-pandemic levels.


Revenue jumped 18 per cent to $1.49 billion, beating expectations.

Sales at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a restaurant operator’s health, climbed 9 per cent.

KFC’s same-store sales increased 14 per cent in the US, while Pizza Hut’s grew 16 per cent. Those results were double its performances overseas.

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