Restaurant Brands’ total sales for the third quarter of the financial year (three months to 30 September 2020) were $239.8 million, an increase of $27.2 million or 12.8% on the equivalent period last year. The increase was driven by both the inclusion for the first month of trading for the California acquisition and strong same store sales in existing businesses. Total sales excluding the California acquisition were up 6.5% on the equivalent period last year. Despite the impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on dine-in, same store sales for the quarter were positive for all regions.
Total year to date sales were $623.3 million, an increase of 2.4% on the prior year, despite the full closure of the New Zealand stores for most of April. On a same store basis (removing the impact of stores closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic) all divisions recorded growth despite the disruptions to dine in trading arising from COVID-19.
Company store numbers were up by 64 on the equivalent period last year to 348, primarily following the acquisition of 69 stores in California in September.
Third quarter total sales for New Zealand were $115.9 million, an increase of 5.4% on the equivalent period last year, despite the reintroduction of Government-mandated trading restrictions, particularly in the Auckland region from 12 August to the end of September.
On a same store basis sales were up 5.9% for the quarter, with KFC and Carl’s Jr. continuing to trade strongly.
Year to date sales for New Zealand were $290.5 million, a decrease of 8.4% in total as a direct result of five weeks of Government-mandated full store closures earlier in the year; but up 4.0% on a same store basis.
Store numbers decreased by 11 during the quarter to 139, with the sale of 12 Pizza Hut stores to independent franchisees and the acquisition of KFC Kapiti from an independent franchisee.