Doritos tacos put sizzle in Taco Bell’s US sales

Taco Bell’s new take on the taco, featuring orange Doritos dust, has helped put the sizzle back in its U.S. sales after a nearly yearlong slump stemming from a short-lived lawsuit that caused the chain some queasiness.

Sales at Taco Bell stores open at least a year — an indicator of a restaurant chain’s health — rose 6 percent in this year’s first quarter. Its parent company, Yum Brands Inc., on Thursday predicted even more robust sales gains for the Mexican-style chain in the current second quarter.

Yum Chief Financial Officer Rick Carucci predicted sales growth in the high single digits or low double digits.

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