KFC UK has seen a sales uplift of 11% for its fourth quarter ended 31 December 2019.

As reported by parent company Yum Brands, which also operates Pizza Hut and Taco Bell worldwide, the KFC UK market contributed 6% to worldwide system sales for the full year, with a sales increase of 13% compared to 2018.

The FY results were against relatively achievable comparables following the brand’s chicken shortage in Q1 2018, which caused 560 of its 900 UK restaurants to shut due to DHL operational issues. At the time, the disruption caused a 5% impact on operating profit.

Globally, KFC like for like sales increased by 3% in Q4, and 4% for the full year.

Over the year it opened 1,928 new restaurants in 99 countries in and operating profit was up 10%.

Across its entire estate, Yum Brands reported a worldwide system sales uplift for the year of 9%, with Taco Bell at 9% and Pizza Hut at 8%. It opened a total of 2,040 units and generated over $50 billion in system sales.

“I am proud to announce that we completed our three-year transformation of Yum, having achieved all of our transformation goals and evolved into a more focused, more franchised and more efficient business,” said David Gibbs, Yum Brands CEO.

“2019 was a truly historic year for our company. We began 2020 by announcing an agreement to add the Habit Burger Grill to the Yum! family. When complete, this deal should enable us to offer an exciting new investment opportunity to our existing franchisees and expand an award-winning, trend-forward brand through the power of Yum’s unmatched scale.”