GB ready-to-drink volume sales were up 4% in the six months to December 31, however, increases in excise duty had hit margins, said chief executive Paul Walsh. Although Gordon's Gin performed well, rtd spin-off Gordon's Edge sold only 20,000 cases since its May launch. GB volumes in Archers Aqua fell by 19%.
Diageo posted a 5% rise in pre-exceptional pre-tax profit to £1.29bn.
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