Menezes also said that while Smirnoff was Diageo's only "Global Giant" brand to decline in H1 - impacted by price hikes in the United States - he expects the vodka to return to growth "over the next few quarters".
The maker of Johnnie Walker and Crown Royal saw top-line sales rise 4.4% for the six months ended December 31, 2016 on volume growth of 1.8%.
In the United Kingdom the supplier - whose portfolio includes Smirnoff, Guinness, Baileys and Gordon's - increased its share in the off-trade.
"Growth in Scotch and USA spirits have driven over 50% of our organic net sales growth".
The priority for the company in this region is to focus on and strengthen these prestige and above brands, improve the route-to-consumer to ensure that its brands have great visibility, and drive out costs to invest in growth and expand margin. Baileys delivered over 100,000 samples in the period from London Cocktail Week to Christmas and over 2,000 Baileys' hot chocolates were sold in the first week of Edinburgh's Christmas market.
"McDowell's No.1 Whiskey and our Signature brand continue to see the benefit from product re-launch last fiscal year, with McDowell's No.1 up 17% this half and Signature growing 35%". This was no doubt buoyed by the brand's tribute to Leicester City's Wes Morgan, which Diageo hailed as its most successful social media campaign in Europe.
"Tanqueray net sales grew 42% due to expanded distribution within the gin category".
"Guinness successfully lapped last year's Rugby World Cup, gaining share".
Guinness net sales were up 2 per cent supported by a solid performance of Hop House 13 Lager and Tanqueray, which grew net sales double digit in most countries across Europe.
Diageo CEO, Ivan Menezes, highlighted the company's liquor portfolio's American performance during his notes and immediately confirmed his company's long-term goals: a "consistent 4 to 6 % growth" and a 1 % profit margin improvement by the summer of 2019. Scotch growth in the territory was driven by reserve variants and Johnnie Walker Black Label, with net sales up 11 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
The unexpected increase in sales is a boost to investors.
At long last - Tesla's Enhanced Autopilot update is finally active, that is, if you have self-driving capability in your vehicle . However, Tesla has not revealed when it expects to do the same with the rest of the new vehicles.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama await the White House arrival of President-elect Donald Trump and his wife. The Obama foundation is a non-profit organization and was formed in 2014 for the sole goal of managing the site.
For December's labor force, a total of 2,203,251 people were counted, up 8,588 from the number recorded in November. Over 90% of the cuts were in administrative and support services, which includes temporary search firms.
A replacement for Obamacare would require 60 votes in Senate, which means some Democrats would have to get on board. Collins added, "I believe there has been a sea change in attitudes on how we should approach this dilemma".
There are a lot of talking points to discuss but one key factor, for me, was the performance of Fernando Llorente. The lead was doubled in the 52nd minute as Llorente rose well to head home Gylfi Sigurdsson's inch ideal cross.
In his New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Pyongyang was in the final stages of preparing to test an ICBM. It is also believed to have an upgraded version of the missile, known as the KN-14.
Guzan began his career with MLS side Chivas and has 53 caps for the USA national team following his debut in 2006. Atlanta United who only founded two years ago recruited the 32-year-old as their number one draft pick.
The finding added that all employees of the Office of the President are bound by federal conflict of interest laws. The office of White House counsel had asked the Justice Department for a definitive opinion on Kushner's role.
The original 3DS will not be supported, presumably as a result of the technical issues surrounding Hyrule Warriors Legends . Nintendo is still keeping things under wraps but promises that a brand new Fire Emblem game will be coming in 2018.
A woman diagnosed with cystic fibrosis had her lungs removed for six days while waiting for lung transplant. Before she received the transplant, Melissa Benoit said she felt like she was breathing through a straw.
Netanyahu said over the weekend that he hopes to eventually extend Israeli sovereignty over all settlements. Netanyahu also said he supports an "Israeli sovereignty over Ma'aleh Adumim", a major West Bank settlement.
Over the year to December non-tradables inflation was 2.1 per cent, well up on the 1.6 per cent recorded in the year to June. The average of RBA's two core inflation measures has remained at around 1.6% throughout a year ago .
Trump Silences Scientists From EPA, USDA
The ARS now has about 750 pending projects dealing with issues like food safety, crop protection, aquaculture and climate change. The orders are expected to have a significant and immediate impact on EPA activities nationwide.
Chelsea Handler bullies the First Lady
Melania, originally born in Slovenia, can speak her native language in addition to English, German, Serbian and French. In a drunken rant the chat show host also said she would tell President Donald Trump to "f*** off" if she saw him.
Road trips end badly for Packers, Steelers — AP Analysis
Not to be the guy who complains about game-day inactives but I'd have dressed Demarcus Ayers over Sammie Coates at this point. Tomlin said the Steelers tried to blitz, but the efforts weren't effective. "Injuries and so forth are part of the game".
Existing-home sales post best year since 2006
Existing home sales in the U.S. booked a weaker-than-expected December but saw their strongest year since 2006. First time buyers held steady, making up 32% of the market, the same as November of 2016 and December 2015.
Severe Storms Possible Sunday Evening
A woman says she and her parents were fortunate to escape with their lives as a storm destroyed their home in rural south Georgia. However, information on whether anyone there had been killed or injured is not available, nor is the cost of the damage.
Super Bowl LI: When is It, How to Get Tickets, and More
Brady and coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their - and the Patriots' - fifth Lombardi Trophy, and second in three years. During last year's U.S. presidential election, Trump claimed Brady had contacted him to let him know he had voted for him.
Apple sues Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion over royalties
According to the suit, Qualcomm even told Apple that Apple had forfeited nearly $1 billion in rebates by working with regulators. Qualcomm supplies the LTE modems used in Apple's line of iPhones, and up until 2016, the company was Apple's sole supplier.
'Challenged' Venus grabs hold of spot in quarterfinals
The American will need to serve well in this contest and her heavy groundstrokes should pose a problem for Strycova to deal with. Chasing a 23rd grand slam title, Williams has now reached at least the last 16 at Melbourne Park in her past 10 appearances.