The Pepsi Bottling Group posted a sharp rise in first quarter earnings boosted by a strong performance in Europe.

For the 12 weeks to March 22 pre-tax profit rose 28.8% to $76m from $59m on turnover which climbed to $2.06bn from $1.87bn.

PBG said case volume grew 15% in Europe. Russia and Turkey both delivered over 20% volume growth, with Russia benefiting from the launch of Tropicana in February.

Chairman and chief executive John Cahill said: “We’re very pleased with our performance during the first quarter, particularly with solid topline performance in the US, Canada and Europe.”