Yum 3rd-Q profit climbs 17 percent; domestic comps lag

LOUISVILLE Ky. Yum! Brands Inc., reporting a third-quarter year-over-year profit jump of 17 percent, continued its pattern of strong international results fueled by business in China, which helped to compensate for domestic weakness.

The parent of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC brands blamed its lagging U.S. performance — which included modest gains of 1 percent in both same-store sales and operating profit — on Taco Bell’s slow recovery from highly

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