The Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) has affirmed its earnings guidance for Q1 and the full year. The company today reiterated a diluted earnings per share forecastin the range of US$0.11 to US$0.13 for the first quarter. "The company expects worldwide volume to be flat and net revenue per case to grow by between 1% and 2%," PBG said in a statement.

For the full year, diluted earnings per share (EPS) are projected to be between US$1.76 and US$1.84, with worldwide volume growth of 2% to 3% and a net revenue per case increase of 1% to 2%.

PBG's fiscal year ends on the last Saturday in December and, as a result, a 53rd week will be added to the fiscal year 2005, the company noted. Fiscal 2004 had 52 weeks.