Diageo sales up 3 pct on strong Latin America


LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Diageo PLC reported a 3percent rise in quarterly net sales on Thursday, as stronggrowth in Latin America offset a decline in western Europe.

For the three months ended September 30, the maker ofJohnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka said sales rose 10.9percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, 5.1 percent in NorthAmerica, 1.3 percent in Africa, eastern Europe and Turkey and0.6 percent in Asia Pacific.

Sales fell 1.1 percent in western Europe.

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