Guinness-owner Diageo sees sales jump

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Diageo says the strong sales growth is unlikely to continue

Drinks giant Diageo has said its sales in the first three months of 2010 jumped by 12% from a year ago.

But the company, whose brands include Guinness and Johnnie Walker, says the rate of growth was flattered by poor sales last year during the recession.

The three-month result was also helped by an early Easter, when alcohol consumption usually rises.

As a result, Diageo said it was sticking with its forecast of single-digit sales growth for the full year.

The company's chief executive, Paul Walsh, said: "Our guidance for low... organic operating profit growth for the full year is unchanged and reflects our successful management of a tough environment in the first half."

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