The Coca-Cola Company Expresses Confidence in Second Quarter and Full Year Business Outlook
The Coca-Cola Company today expressed continued confidence in the Company's global business outlook for the second quarter and full year 2008. Strength in international operations, representing over 80 percent of the Company's operating income, is expected to continue to offset weakness in North America resulting from the difficult economic environment. The Company remains committed to restoring growth in its flagship North America market and is working collaboratively with its bottling partners. Currency is estimated to provide a mid-single digit favorable benefit to 2008 operating income. The Company will reinvest a portion of the currency benefit in marketing programs and productivity initiatives to drive long-term sustainable growth.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 450 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola(R), recognized as the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke(R), Fanta(R), Sprite(R), Coca-Cola Zero(R), vitaminwater(R), Powerade(R), Minute Maid(R) and Georgia Coffee(R). Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of 1.5 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.
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Source: The Coca-Cola Company
Released May 28, 2008