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Coca-Cola profits jump on sales to China and Russia

     Coca Cola products Coca-Cola said the price of its best-selling drink would have to rise by between 3-4%
    The bottle maker and drinks giant Coca-Cola reported an 18% rise in profits to $2.8bn (£1.73bn) in the second quarter compared with last year.
    The increase was fuelled by sales to Asia and Europe, with Chinese demand up 24%.
    Despite higher worldwide sales, the company saw no quarterly growth in North America.
    Coca-Cola plans to raise prices on its range of drinks, which include Fanta and Sprite, to reflect higher costs.
    The price, said the company, would go up by between 3-4%.
    The results were "well ahead" of the company's long-term growth targets according to its Chairman and Chief Executive, Muhtar Kent.
    "We are delivering these strong results at a time when global macroeconomic conditions are at best mixed." said Mr Kent.
    The slowdown in North American sales comes as the outlook for US consumer demand remains uncertain amid a weak labour market.
    The volatility in commodity markets was also cited as a factor which would continue to drive up costs for packaging and sweeteners.

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