Yum! Brands has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to oversee the sale of Pizza Hut UK. Earlier this year, the company announced it was seeking a single buyer to purchase its company-owned restaurants and to serve as a master franchisee for the UK market, as it looks to refranchise its entire Pizza Hut UK business. The company currently operates c.700 sites in the UK, including 380 restaurants and 320 delivery units. Out of that estate a handful of restaurant sites and about half of its delivery sites are operated under franchise by over 50 franchisees. It is thought the sales process will not start in earnest until the turn of the year. Pizza Hut UK, which is led by Jens Hofma has recorded five consecutive months of sales growth and reported a 5% rise in sales for the quarter to 3 September 2011. The chain is currently trialling a number of new initiatives as it looks to overhaul its UK business and move away from a product-based model to an experienced-based one.