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Yum! Posts Mixed Results

The company affirms its outlook for the year, but its earnings fall victim to a legal dispute.
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affirmed its outlook for the year on Tuesday, but its earnings fell victim to a legal dispute over the talking Chihuahua in Taco Bell's commercials.

Sales for the operator of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food chains rose 9.6% to $1.94 billion, but earnings declined due to $35 million in legal costs after being ordered to pay two Michigan men who claim that they created the talking dog.

The company posted $122 million in net income, or 40 cents per share, down from last year's $140 million, or 45 cents a share. The charge from the legal dispute totaled 8 cents a share, so the company, citing earnings of 48 cents a share on a pro forma basis, claimed that the quarter was an improvement.

The consensus estimate of 13 analysts polled by Thomson First Call was for 46 cents a share. The company said that it will meet its expectations for the full year, earning $1.92 a share including the charge.

Shares of Yum! sank 2.3%, or 70 cents, to $29.65 on Tuesday.