KFC UK sales rose by 12% in Q4 2021, according to accounts filed in the US by parent company Yum! Brands.

The UK estate, which accounts for 7% of overall KFC system sales, saw a 38% rise in sales for the full year in 2021.

This was one of the highest growth territories in the global network, with the smaller India (+68%) and Middle East & North Africa (+40%) the only territories which saw high growth.

Worldwide system sales at Yum! grew 13%, with KFC at 16%, Taco Bell at 13%, and Pizza Hut at 6%.

The group added a record 4,180 gross units during the year contributing to 6% unit growth.

KFC opened 904 gross new restaurants during the quarter.

Taco Bell opened 195 and Pizza Hut opened 571.

David Gibbs, CEO, said “We opened an astounding 4,180 gross units in 2021, marking the strongest growth year in Yum!’s history and setting a restaurant industry record for unit development. We also reached new heights in digital sales that topped $22bn. I’m confident and energized heading into 2022, which marks Yum!’s 25th anniversary, as we continue to build the world’s most loved and trusted brands while delivering lasting value for our stakeholders.”