The Greek wine group, Boutaris, has recorded a pre-tax profit for 2001 of €27m ($25m), a 28.6% rise from the 2001 figure of €21m ($19m).

Boutaris, which imports and distributes wine and mineral water, increased its liabilities to €25m ($23m) in 2001 from €16m ($15m) in 2000, while its short-term bank debts rose from €1.9m ($1.8m) to €5.6m ($5.2 m).