The German spirits and fruit juice company, Eckes AG, reported turnover of €1.25 billion ($1.09 billion) for 2001, representing a 3% increase from 2000. The company said operating profit had risen in 2001 but no further details were disclosed.

Eckes stated stated that some €593 million ($516.6 million) of total sales came from outside Germany, 13% up on the previous year. Sales in Germany were static at EUR660 million ($575 million).

Soft drinks sales increased by 10% to €576 million, with soft drinks sales outside Germany rising by 18% to €339 million ($295.3 million). Spirits sales outside Germany rose by 6% to €245 million ($213.4 million) while spirits sales in Germany were stable at €424 million.