US bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises said third quarter pre-tax profit jumped 34% as hot weather in Europe boosted volumes in the region by 10%.

Group sales for the period rose 9% to $4.73bn from $4.33bn with pre-tax profit rising to $372m from $277m last year.

CCE said so far this year European sales were up 7.5% and attributed 2% of the growth to “this summer’s heat”.

Volumes in North America rose just 0.5% skewed by the “extraordinary volumes by the introduction of Vanilla Coke in 2002”. CCE noted that sales of its water brand Dasani had been “strong”.

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