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Yum aims to double international expansion

The company's international division expects to hit a net annual open rate of 1,000 units by 2015

Yum! Brands Inc. steadily has grown more optimistic for its prospects in its Yum! Restaurants International, or YRI, division, but plans laid out Wednesday at its YRI Investor Day event were even more bullish, according to securities analysts who attended the meeting.

Yum officials reaffirmed their confidence that YRI could produce annual profit growth of at least 10 percent, and they detailed the 14,000-plus-unit division’s plans to double its annual net openings over the

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