Indian spirits group Radico Khaitan has reported a 15% rise in third-quarter earnings.

The company, producer of brands including whiskies 8pm and Whytehall, saw net profit reach INR126.4m (US$2.8m) in the three months to 31 December. Net sales rose INR1.4bn from INR1.2bn a year earlier, the company added.

Radico Khaitan said earlier this month that it was interested in expanding its business and had hired Rabo India Securities as a strategic adviser to look out for international and domestic spirit brands up for sale.