Diageo has confirmed making a further share purchase in United Spirits, raising its stake to 28.8%.

The UK-headquartered drinks giant, which announced its plan to take majority control of United Spirits in late-2012, made a 2.4% stake purchase last last week, a spokesperson told just-drinks late yesterday (4 January). Other reports have said that the buy cost Diageo INR2,474.45 (US$39.60) per share.

The firm's original plan to acquire 53.4% of United Spirits has proved a problem to see through. Late last year, Diageo had to deal with a ruling from an Indian court that deemed the sale by UB Group of a 14.98% stake in July as being null and void.

Despite this, Diageo remains the Indian company's major shareholder and controls senior management appointments.