Chivas owner Pernod Ricard toasts strong US demand

Pernod Ricard, the world's second-biggest producer of wine and spirits, has topped first-quarter performance expectations amid strong demand for Jameson Irish whiskey in the US.

Pernod Ricard is Scotland's second-biggest Scotch distiller. Picture: John Devlin

The French group – which ranks as Scotland’s second-largest Scotch distiller with brands such as The Glenlivet, Chivas Regal and Royal Salute – posted a 4 per cent rise in revenues for the three months to the end of September. Analysts had been predicting a sales increase of about 2.7 per cent.

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Total sales during the first quarter amounted to £2 billion, with the Americas chalking up the highest growth, up 8 per cent, followed by Europe at 6 per cent.

Chief executive Alexandre Ricard said it was a “good start” to the financial year, and re-confirmed guidance for full-year profit growth of between 2 and 4 per cent. The group’s strategic international brands – particularly Chivas, Absolute and Jameson – sold strongly in the UK.