The soft drinks bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE), has reaffirmed its earnings per share forecast for 2003 of between US$1.15 to US$1.22.

"We believe we have momentum in North America and we feel we have the right plans and strategies to continue that momentum," said CCE's chief executive, Lowry Kline. The company achieved earnings per share of US$1.07 in 2002.

Coca-Cola Enterprises, which is 40%-owned by Coca-Cola, is the largest bottler of Coke brands in the world.