Carlsberg has announced that sales advances in Russia and Asia offset difficulties in Europe during H1 of 2012.

Gruppo Campari has announced sales growth of 5% for H1 of 2012, with strong performances in North America and Asia Pacific offsetting difficulties in Germany, Italy and South America.

Italian drinks company Davide Campari-Milano has reported a group net profit for 2011 of €159.2m, up from €156.2m in 2010.

Altia, the wine and spirits group that focuses on the Nordic countries, has announced a 7.6% net sales increase to €524.8 million for the year January to December 2011.

Heineken has announced net profits of €1.5 billion before one-off items, an increase of 9.2%.

US popularity and universal appeal have kept the Irish whiskey market buoyant, according to business analyst Datamonitor.

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