Taco Bell recorded its strongest growth in same-restaurant sales in seven quarters. Yum has been taking the U.S.-centered brand's burrito and tacos menu overseas in a replay of the success with its KFC business.
The strong sales helped drive global comparable store sales up 3 percent, topping estimates of 2.48 percent.
Yum's net income fell 23 percent to $334 million in the three months ended Dec. 31.
Excluding one-time items, Yum earned 40 cents per share.
Total revenue fell 1 percent to $1.56 billion. Analysts had expected revenue of $1.59 billion.
Yum's shares rose 1.5 percent to $96 in early trading on Thursday.
(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
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