Restaurant Brands New Zealand posted a 32 per cent gain in second-quarter sales, with the bulk of the increase coming from the 42 KFC stores in New South Wales acquired in April.

Sales rose by $38.6 million to $159.5m in the 16 weeks ended September 12, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. Same-store sales, which are those for outlets open at least 12 months, rose 2.1 per cent to $120.3m.

The fast-food company made its first foray across the Tasman with the acquisition of the biggest KFC franchisee in NSW for A$82.4m (NZ$85.2m) made up of A$62m (NZ$64.12m) in cash and five million shares, which gave vendor Copulos Group almost 5 per cent of the company with a 12-month escrow on trading the stock. Investors cheered the deal, pushing the shares up 36 per cent since it was announced on March 4. They gained 0.9 per cent to $5.70 today.

Total sales for KFC New Zealand rose 3.7 per cent to $92m, while the number of stores fell by one to 91. Pizza Hut sales fell 9.1 per cent to $12.9m as the company sold seven stores to independent franchisees, reducing total outlets to 37. Franchisees now own 53 of the 90 stores in the Pizza Hut network.

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Starbucks Coffee sales edged up 0.1 per cent to $7.8m, although with one less store at 25, same-store sales gained 4 per cent. Hamburger chain Carl's Jr, the company's newest brand, recorded a 10 per cent gain in sales to $11.4m as the number of stores rose by two to 20. Same-store sales fell 4.4 per cent.

The company plans to release its first-half results on October 26.