Yum Brands, parent company of KFC, reported a 16-percent decline in quarterly earnings on Wednesday as sales in China fell sharply.
"KFC sales and profits in China were significantly impacted by intense media surrounding avian flu, as well as the residual effect of the December poultry supply incident. The good news is that China sales are recovering as expected," Yum's Chairman and CEO David C. Novak said in a statement.
Second-quarter net income fell to $281 million, or 61 cents a share, from $331 million, or 69 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.
Excluding items, earnings dropped to 56 cents a share from 67 cents a share last year.
Revenue decreased 8.5 percent to $2.9 billion from $3.17 billion a year ago.
Analysts had expected the company to report earnings excluding items of 54 cents a share on $2.93 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.