News: Guinness stout is hot in Africa


The Associated Press is reporting that  Diageo PLC, the world’s largest producer and distributor of alcoholic drinks, posted a small rise in full-year net profit to meet its earnings targets Thursday, but cut its forecast for the current year amid the global economic slowdown and rising production costs.

The maker of Johnnie Walker whisky, Guinness stout and Smirnoff vodka reported net profit of 1.52 billion pounds ($2.8 billion) for the year ending June 30, up 2.7 percent from 1.48 billion pounds a year ago.

Revenue rose 8 percent to 8.09 billion pounds ($14.9 billion), from 7.48 billion pounds, underpinned by sales of scotch in Latin America, beer in Africa and premium brands in North America.

Sales of Diageo’s trademark Guinness stout rose 6 percent, with more than 50 percent of that growth coming from Africa.


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