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Yum posts flat earnings after slow U.S. sales

LOUISVILLE Ky. Yum! Brands Inc. reported flat fourth-quarter earnings Monday with still-sluggish U.S. sales suppressing strong international results, especially a KFC-driven 42-percent system sales jump in mainland China and a 17-percent same-store increase there over the prior fourth quarter.

Yum said U.S. Taco Bell sales improved for the last three months of 2007 to a flat year-over-year result after declining for the first nine months of the year. Same

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