Brown-Forman has posted a lift in its first quarter results, thanks to a healthy performance internationally.

The US company said today (30 August) that operating profit in the three months to the end of July was up by 9% on the corresponding quarter a year earlier, reaching US$155.4m. The increase came on the back of growing sales, up 17% to $739.1m.

Net profit for the period was steady, up 2% to US$95.3m.

Brown-Forman credited the performance to acelerating trends for the company's premium global brand's internationally and continued gains from its super-premium developing brands.

"These financial results represent a great start to our fiscal year and a nice continuation of our strong underlying growth," said company CEO Paul Varga. "We are encouraged by healthy consumer demand for our premium global brands, including Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, and Finlandia, particularly in international markets.

"Our integration and early work with the recently acquired Casa Herradura brands are on track and we remain optimistic about the company's overall growth prospects."

The company maintained its full-year earnings outlook of between US$3.35 and US$3.55 per diluted share, representing growth of 7% to 13%.