KFC and Pizza Hut brand owner Yum! Brands reported worldwide operating profit up by 10% while same-store sales increased by 2% for the third quarter. The company enjoyed sales growth of its International Division restaurants of 7%, while same-store sales in the US saw overall growth of 3%. The Chinese market led the rise, with 23% expansion in restaurant outlets, and 16% sales growth in US dollar terms. However, the group’s fortunes in the UK fared less well. While the company enjoyed growth in system restaurants of 7%, sales were down 1%, due to "a weak retail environment, recently compounded by the impact of terrorist activity". Yum! Brands chief executive and chairman David C. Novak said: "I am pleased to report that based on our third-quarter results we are again raising our 2005 full-year EPS estimate, now up to $2.64 (£1.49) or 12% growth prior to special items. "We continue to aggressively expand outside the United States and expect to exceed our full-year target of over 1,100 new restaurants."