Pizza Hut franchisee NPC International Inc. warned that the “sales environment remains extremely challenging" even while reporting higher profit and positive same-store sales for the first quarter.The Overland Park, Kan.-based operator of 1,147 Pizza Hut restaurants said same-store sales grew 10.2-percent in the first quarter, helping to fuel a 57.1-percent spike in net income to $9.5 million, compared with profit of $6.0 million a year ago. Total sales grew 13.8 percent to $264.5 million ...

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