A burger and fries at a Burger King in Richardson,...

A burger and fries at a Burger King in Richardson, Texas on June 20, 2012. Credit: AP

Burger King said bringing back its Chicken Fries helped sales jump in the United States and Canada by the biggest amount in two years.

The Miami-based chain said Tuesday that global sales rose 2.4 percent at established locations during the third quarter, including a 3.6 percent increase in the United States and Canada. McDonald's previously reported a 3.3 percent decline in the United States for the same period, citing heightened competition.

Burger King's North American operations president Alex Macedo said in a phone interview that the chain's strategy of focusing on fewer, "more impactful" new menu items is paying off.

Burger King had announced in August it was bringing back Chicken Fries for a limited time because "ongoing guest outcries reached a point where they could no longer be ignored."

The menu item -- deep-fried pieces of chicken in the shape of French fries -- had was introduced in 2005 and taken off the menu in 2012.

The return of the Chicken Fries is among the many marketing pushes Burger King has made since investment firm 3G Capital took the chain public again in 2012. Some efforts have flopped. The chain said this past summer that most of its franchisees would take the lower-calorie Satisfries off the menu after less than a year.

To boost profits, Burger King has also refranchised company-owned restaurants in the United States and has been striking deals with local operators to open more stores around the world. It currently has nearly 14,000 locations globally.

After factoring one-time charges primarily related to its purchase of Tim Hortons, Burger King Worldwide Inc. lost $23.5 million, or 7 cents per share. Adjusted earnings were 27 cents per share, in line with Wall Street expectations. Burger King said this summer it would buy the Canadian chain for about $11 billion, creating the world's third-largest fast-food company.

Total revenue rose to $278.9 million, short of the $281.8 million Wall Street expected.

Shares of Burger King Worldwide were down 16 cents at $32.14 in midafternoon trading Tuesday.

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