Laurent-Perrier, the French Champagne group, has posted a slight rise in profit for the nine months to the end of December. The company announced today that revenue for the nine months rose by 0.6% to €137.8m, compared to €137.1m year-on-year.

Laurent-Perrier today credited a strong year-end performance for the figures. In December last year, the group saw consolidated turnover for the first 6 months of 2003/2004 reach €69.95m, virtually unchanged at - 0.1% on the same period last year.

The value of sales also rose for the period, by 4.3% although volume shipped fell by 1%. The group recorded a negative currency impact of 2.7%.

The company predicts that revenue for the full year ending 31 March will match last year, at around €163m.

Laurent-Perrier said it intends to focus on the US and Japan going forward. The company has also signed a distribution deal for Italy.