KFC UK achieved a 6% sales increase for the third quarter ended 30 September 2019, resulting in a +14% increase for the year-to-date.

The UK arm contributes 6% of KFC’s total system sales for Kentucky-based Yum! Brands, which published its latest trading update today.

Pizza Hut Europe, which includes the UK business, saw sales up by 3% in the third quarter and +4% for the year-to-date.

Worldwide system sales at Yum!, excluding foreign currency translation grew by 8%, with 3% like-for-like growth. Overall sales at KFC were up 8%, Pizza Hut +7% and Taco Bell at +7%.

However total revenues for the group reached $1.3bn – down 4%, and were down 5% for the year-to-date, to $3.9bn.

The business recorded a $60m pre-tax investment expense following the change in fair value of its investment in Grubhub, which resulted in a negative impact in earnings per share.

Chief executive Greg Creed, said: “Following a very strong first half of 2019 and in line with our expectations, third-quarter results were consistent with our long-term growth model. We delivered system sales growth of 8%, with same-store sales of 3% and net-new unit growth of 7%, led by continued strong performances at KFC International and Taco Bell.”

Creed said that 2019 would mark the completion of its three-year transformation plan and also the end of his tenure as CEO. Creed will retire with David Gibbs to take over as chief executive.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the progress that our teams around the world have made to become more focused, more franchised and more efficient; all while accelerating global growth,” he added.