The French spirits group, Pernod Ricard, has reported net profit for 2002 of €413m (US$436.7m), up 15% from 2001 and ahead of analysts' forecasts. The results for 2002 were boosted by the addition of brands acquired from Seagram. Operating profit rose by 67% to €750m on sales 6.1% higher at €4.8 billion.