Chick-fil-A again tops KFC as top chicken chain

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NEW YORK (AP) — Chick-fil-A widened its lead over rival KFC as the No. 1 chicken chain by sales in the U.S. last year.

Preliminary data from food industry researcher Technomic shows that Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A held the lead because its locations are much busier, even though there are far fewer of them.

Chick-fil-A first surpassed KFC as the top U.S. chicken chain in 2012. KFC is still much bigger globally.

KFC, owned by Yum Brands Inc., has been struggling in recent years, despite a variety of new menu items like boneless chicken pieces and snack cups designed to fit in a car cup holder. It even began testing a more upscale restaurant concept called "KFC eleven."

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