ATLANTA — Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A ended 2009 by marking the company’s 42nd year of consecutive sales growth. The chain reported 2009 system-wide sales of $3,217,001,094, representing an 8.6% increase over the chain’s 2008 overall sales performance and a same-store sales increase of 2.52%. Last year also marked the first time the company surpassed $3 billion in annual sales.

“Chick-fil-A has truly been blessed to have had another year of sales growth during these difficult economic times,” said Dan T. Cathy, president and chief operating officer. “With an extremely heavy dose of what has served us well in recent years. 2010 will be a banner year for Chick-fil-A; perhaps our most notable year ever. We are enhancing our menu with new products, entering new markets, reinvesting in our current restaurants and giving back to our communities.”

Chick-fil-A Inc. is the nation’s second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales), currently with more than 1,480 restaurants in 38 states and Washington D.C. The company is also credited with inventing the boneless breast of chicken sandwich and being first to introduce the chicken nugget concept.