Dunkin' Brands: U.S. units will double in 20 years

New menu items and innovative marketing brought Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. back to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2011, the parent of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins chains said Thursday.

The Canton, Mass.-based franchisor said it expected strong performance through 2012.

The company reported $11.6 million in profit for the three months ended December 31, compared with a loss of $15.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.

“We had an incredi

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