Yum! Brands, the owner of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, has reported a rise in second quarter sales, driven by a strong performance in China, which offset a decline in sales in the US. Revenue rose 9% during the three months to 30 April to $2.8bn, whilst net income stood at $316m up 10% on the previous year. Like-for-like sales at its Chinese outlets increased by 18% during the quarter. It Chinese operations, which now account for more than 40% of Yum's profits, saw operating profits rise 25% to $182m. The company said it planned to build on the c.4,000 stores it already had in China, which are mostly KFCs, making it the largest Western fast food company in the country. The group’s international businesses excluding China reported same-store sales growth of 2% during the quarter. The increase in same-store sales in China and its international operations offset a decline in the US, which reported a 4% drop in same-store sales. It saw a 5% drop in sales across is Taco Bell and KFC estates in its home market and a 2% decline at Pizza Hut. It said sales in the US were impacted by the continuing negative publicity from a lawsuit, since dropped, that alleged its beef didn't qualify as such by Food and Drug Administration standards and high commodity prices.