Yum 2nd-Q international results help offset U.S. performance

LOUISVILLE Ky. Yum! Brands’ strong international results, especially in China, helped offset lackluster U.S. performances and a slump by Taco Bell to yield an 11.5-percent year-to year jump in second quarter profit, the fast-food giant said Wednesday.

The parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and other brands earned $214 million, with earnings per share of 39 cents, a 15-percent EPS increase. Revenues for the three months ended June 16 rose 8 percent to $2.37 billion.

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