PARIS Feb 14 French spirits giant Pernod Ricard
posted first-half earnings which reflected a sharp
slowdown in sales in France and Spain in the second quarter,
more moderate demand in Asia but solid growth in the United
States, while it kept its full-year outlook of slower profit
The world's second-biggest spirits group behind Britain's
Diageo said it still targeted a rise of close to 6
percent in underlying operating profit in the full year to June
2013, a slowdown from 9 percent in fiscal 2012.
The owner of Mumm champagne, Absolut vodka and Martell
cognac said first-half sales reached 4.907 billion euros, an
underlying rise of 3 percent, while underlying operating profit
grew 1 percent to 1.459 billion.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; editing by Mark John)