Full-year volume declined 3 percent. Sparkling brands declined 3½ percent; however, Coca-Cola Zero continued to perform well with growth of 6½ percent, and energy grew over 15 percent, led by Monster. Still brands were flat for the year, as growth in Capri-Sun, Nestea, and Chaudfontaine and Abbey Well waters was offset by declines in juices, juice drinks, and sports drinks. On a territory basis, volume was down 3 percent in both Great Britain and continental Europe.
For 2012, excluding the impact of the French excise tax increase, net pricing per case grew 3 percent and cost of sales per case grew 2½ percent. Operating expenses were flat as volume declines and expense controls offset increases, including incremental costs associated with our support of the Olympic Games. These figures are comparable and currency neutral.
For the fourth quarter, volume declined 5½ percent, driven by ongoing challenging conditions and cycling strong growth in the prior year. Volume in continental Europe declined 5½ percent, and volume in Great Britain declined 6 percent. Net pricing per case grew 4 percent and cost of sales per case increased 3½ percent, both excluding the impact of the French excise tax increase. These figures are comparable and currency neutral.