Yum Brands Inc on Thursday beat Wall Street expectations for quarterly same-restaurant sales and profit, as consumers ordered more comfort foods such as pizzas and tacos online while under coronavirus lockdowns, sending its shares about 2% higher.
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For Yum, which operates about 50,000 restaurants globally, online sales reached an all-time high, said Chief Executive Officer David Gibbs.
“Digital sales were a big driver of the dramatic improvement in sales from the initial impact of COVID-19.”
Sales at Pizza Hut and Taco Bell stores open for more than a year fell 9% and 8%, respectively. Analysts were expecting a decline of 11.98% for Pizza Hut and a 11.99% dip at Taco Bell, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
However, KFC sales slumped 21%, compared with the 17.32% fall forecast by analysts.
Overall, same-store sales for the second quarter ended June 30 fell 15%, compared with analysts’ expectation of a 16.02% slump.
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Net income fell about 29% to $206 million. Excluding one-time items, the company earned 82 cents per share, beating the estimate of 54 cents.
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