US drinks group Constellation Brands has reported record sales due to additional wine sales from its $1.4bn acquisition of Aussie winemaker BRL Hardy in March.

Sales increased 21% from $1.8bn for the six months ended August 31 to $2.1bn during the same period last year. Profits before tax and exceptionals rose 29% to $478m.

Chief executive Richard Sands, however, said that excluding sales of $140m from the Hardy acquisition, organic sales growth was 11%. This was driven by increased sales across all categories: imported beer, spirits, wine and wholesale.

He said: “Our diversity across categories and geographies continues to serve us well, allowing us to make investments where we see the best growth opportunities and returns.”

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