Coca-Cola HBC Q3 sales rise on volume growth in new markets

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Drinks maker, Coca-Cola HBC, reported 
higher third-quarter sales on Thursday helped by volume growth in developing and emerging markets and a hot summer in southern Europe.
The company, which sells Coca-Cola drinks in 28 countries mostly in Europe and Asia, reported sales grew five per cent in the quarter volume rose 3.4 per cent.
On a currency neutral basis, total group revenue grew six per cent in the
period.
The company said currency-neutral revenue per unit case was up 2.5 per cent, helped by an ongoing roll-out of revenue growth initiatives along with price increases.
Volume in emerging markets – which include Romania, Serbia and Ukraine – increased by 3.5 per cent, while volume in developing markets – including Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary – rose by 5.1 per cent, the company said.
Established markets volume grew by 2.2 per cent in the quarter, benefiting from a good tourist season and exceptionally warm summer weather in Italy and
Greece.
“We are very pleased with the strong revenue delivery in the quarter, well balanced between broad-based volume growth and substantial price/mix improvement,” acting CEO Michalis Imellos, said in a statement.
The company suddenly lost its CEO last month when Dimitris Lois died, only weeks after the company announced he would take a temporary leave of absence for medical treatment.
Coca-Cola HBC said it has a succession plan for the CEO position and a “thorough” process is under way.
The company had been seen as a possible bidder for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, a business being sold by Coca-Cola.

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