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Diageo issues trading commentary ahead of 2019 AGM

Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, commented:

“Fiscal 20 has started well as we continue to build on the momentum and consistent progress we are making in the execution of our strategy. Our focus remains on delivering quality sustainable growth. This is supported by a culture of everyday efficiency that enables us to invest smartly in marketing and growth initiatives while expanding margins.

Based on the current environment, we continue to expect fiscal 20 organic net sales growth to be toward the mid-point of the 4% to 6% range and organic operating profit growing roughly one percentage point ahead of organic net sales. This is consistent with what we are targeting over the medium-term. Due to a strong prior year comparable, for the first half we expect organic operating profit growth to be in-line with or slightly behind organic net sales growth. However, Diageo would not be immune from significant changes to global trade policy and continue to monitor this closely.”