Pernod Ricard posted an 18% jump in total half-year sales driven by Aussie wine Jacob’s Creek and the addition of Seagram’s brands such as Chivas Regal and Martell.

The French drinks group said Seagram, which it bought jointly with Diageo for £5.7bn in February, contributed sales of 605m euros while Pernod Ricard’s historical brands generated sales of 898m euros.

Total sales rose to 2.6bn euros while sales of wine and spirits soared 78% to 1.5bn euros, despite a slowing in consumption in France, due to gloomy spring weather.

The company said its full-year targets remain unchanged and expects wines and spirits sales to grow 90% compared with the 2001.

Chairman Patrick Ricard said: “The integration of the Seagram brands has already proved successful and is consistent with our ambitious objectives for the development of the group and growth in shareholder value.”

This year, Pernod has sold its Sias-MPA fruit-processing business for 170m euros and the BWG wholesale distribution division for 220m euros.