Dunkin' Donuts US comparable store sales growth in the third quarter was driven by increased average ticket and higher traffic despite a challenging consumer and competitive environment. The growth resulted from our continued focus on product and marketing innovation with strong beverage sales growth led by cold beverages; strong breakfast sandwich sales across both core offerings and differentiated breakfast sandwiches; continued growth in Bakery Sandwiches; and sales of Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup portion packs.
For its 2012 third quarter, Dunkin’ Donuts reported comparable store sales growth across all four business segments, including 2.8 percent in Dunkin' Donuts US.
Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales growth was driven by new Flavors of the Month; new signature cake merchandising; and new beverage messaging around Flavors of the Month being available as milk shakes.
In the third quarter, Dunkin' Brands franchisees and licensees opened 187 net new restaurants across the globe. This includes 78 net new Dunkin' Donuts U.S. locations, 74 net new Baskin-Robbins International locations, 36 net new Dunkin' Donuts International locations, and one net closure for Baskin-Robbins U.S. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. franchisees remodeled 144 restaurants during the quarter.
Revenues grew by 5.0 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011, primarily from increased royalty income driven by the increase in system-wide sales, and additional company-owned restaurants.