|Global Systemwide Same-Store Sales Growth||2-3%|
|Global Net-New Unit Growth*||~3%|
|Global System Sales Growth||At Least 5% (Ex F/X, Ex 53rd week)|
|Underlying Base Operating Profit Growth||High-Single Digits|
|53rd Week Headwind||(1.5) ppts|
|Timing Impact of Refranchising & Associated G&A Savings||(1.0) ppt to (2.0) ppts|
|Core Operating Profit Growth**||Mid-Single Digits|
*Each Division increasing their pace of development compared to 2016
**Excludes F/X and Special Items
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