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Yum! Brands

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said U.S. same-store sales were flat in the four weeks ended Sept. 6, as KFC continued to be a drag on results.

KFC reported a 6% drop in same-store sales after a 1% decline in the previous reporting period. On the upside, Pizza Hut posted a 4% improvement, while Taco Bell -- the most consistent member of the group -- said sales were 2% higher. The numbers were in line with analysts' expectations.

Yum! said the East Coast blackouts had a half-point negative impact on same-store sales. But overseas, international sales stayed strong, rising 7% on a local currency basis and up 12% in U.S. dollars.

"We continue to believe international growth is the long-term reason to own the stock," said Coralie Tournier Witter, an analyst at Goldman Sachs, in a research note, who rates Yum! outperform/neutral.

Shares of Yum! were lately hovering near unchanged levels, up 9 cents, or 0.3%, to $29.75. "Yum! will trade sideways until evidence of a sustainable U.S. sales rebound across the brands materializes," said Witter, although she thinks the catalysts are in place to drive shares higher in the next six to 12 months.

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Yum!'s lackluster results come after


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said earlier this week that U.S. same-store sales grew 9% in August.


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, another large-cap peer, had more modest comps of 0.4%.

Lately, shares of McDonald's were ahead 2.5% to $23.77, while Wendy's was up 0.7% to $32.17.