French wine and spirits group Remy Cointreau, has reported an 8.1% rise in sales for the first three quarters of the year and said it was on track to meet profit forecasts.

The company released a profits warning after the US attacks on the September as almost 40% of its revenues are generated in the US. It reduced its forecast for pre-exceptional net profit growth to 5-10% for its 2001-02 results.

For the nine months up to 31st of December, like-for-like turnover was €790.5m (US$687m), stable across most activities.

However Champagne and wine saw a fall of 30% in sales from €132.4m to €92.7m. Cognac sales were also hit by the decline in duty free business. They fell 1.4% to €300.2m down from €304.3m.