Northern Ireland

Guinness and Bushmills producer Diageo announces £3bn profit

Pint of Guinness
Image caption Diageo is behind the Guinness brand, Bushmills Whiskey and Bailey's

Drinks giant Diageo, which produces famous brands such as Guinness, Bushmills Whiskey and Bailey's, has announced pre-tax profits of £3.1bn in 2011-12.

Bushmillls has enjoyed double-digit growth in volume and net sales.

The County Antrim-produced whiskey performed particularly strongly in Eastern Europe, and has benefited from the launch of Bushmills Irish Honey.

The Old Bushmills Distillery has 100,000 visitors each year.

Guinness represents 52% of the company's beer business by net sales.

Nigeria, where Diageo has two breweries, is the largest market for Guinness.

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