Distell Group, the alcoholic beverages producer, said profit rose 14.1% to R1.44bn in the six months to end-December despite reduced trading days in SA due to alcohol bans, thanks to strong sales in the rest of Africa and international markets.

The Stellenbosch-based company, which owns the Klipdrift, Amarula and Hunter’s Dry brands, said headline earnings rose 11.5% to R1.3bn while headline earnings per share climbed 11.6% to 612c, according to a Wednesday stock exchange filing. Normalised headline earnings adjusted for foreign exchange impacts, and excluding non-recurring restructuring costs, increased by 24% to R1.51bn. Earnings per share rose by 16.1% to 639c...

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