The French wines and spirits group, Pernod Ricard, has announced that it will pay an interim dividend of €0.90 per share with a €0.45 tax credit. The dividend will be paid on 14 January. As is the normal practice, the dividend is equal to half the dividend paid last year.

In October, Pernod Ricard reported a 63% leap in group operating profits to €296m for the first half of 2002. The group's consolidated sales, excluding duties and tax, reached €2.6 billion, up 18% from the first half of 2001, while consolidated net profit was up 47%, at €154m.