KFC’s UK sales were up 16% in Q3, the best performing territory in the Yum! global estate.

Yum! CEO David Gibbs, described the results as “encouraging” and that they demonstrated the “resilience of the Yum! portfolio as Yum! generated year-over-year core operating profit growth, continued to reopen temporarily closed restaurants and achieved global same-store sales growth of approximately flat, in aggregate, for our open store base.

“For the second consecutive quarter, digital sales increased by more than $1bn over the prior year and set a single quarter record of $4bn.

“Our employees, franchisees and restaurant team members continued to adapt to this year’s ever-changing environment while also accelerating progress on our digital and technology journey. Importantly, our balance sheet and liquidity position are strong and franchisee health improved.

“I’m confident that by continuing to leverage our unmatched scale and champion the technology-centric customer experience, we will drive global growth, enhance unit-level economics and maximize long-term value for all of our stakeholders.”