Nestlé Waters enjoyed an 8% rise in nine-month revenues to CHF7.5bn (US$6bn), its parent company Nestlé said today (19 October).

Nestlé said its waters business had enjoyed "very good volume growth" that came mainly from North America, as well as emerging markets that delivered "double-digit growth". The division saw positive organic growth in Europe, Nestlé added.

Nestlé Waters, whose brands include Vittel and San Pellegrino, has been busy expanding into emerging markets in the last six months. In August, Nestlé Waters announced the merger of its operations in Turkey with local bottled water group Erikli.

In July, it emerged that the company was looking to build a plant to produce bottled water in Russia's Leningrad region.

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman and CEO of Nestlé said: "Our strong growth has continued into the third quarter of 2006. We are still facing volatile raw material and energy prices, but overall, I feel comfortable in reconfirming our reaching the upper end of our long-term organic growth target of between 5 and 6%."