French wine and spirits group Belvedere has reported a 14% rise in revenues for 2005, according to local reports.

Belvedere, Eastern Europe's biggest distributor of white spirits, posted a 13.7% increase in full-year revenues to EUR505.1m (US$603.2m), according to the French News Digest agency.

Belvedere reportedly posted turnover of EUR149.7m for the fourth quarter of 2005, up 1.2% on the year.

Company officials were unavailable for comment as just-drinks went to press.

In December, Belvedere strengthened its presence in Western Europe with the acquisition of France's Marie Brizard & Roger International.