Coca-Cola’s first-quarter sales and profits show an increase on the same period last year.

Pre-tax profits for the three months to March 28 were up 13% on the first quarter of 2007, to $1.9 bn (£954m). Sales were up 21% to $7.4 bn (£3.7bn).

President and chief operating officer Muhtar Kent said: “I believe that by continuing to collaborate with our bottling partners and maintaining and unrelenting focus on integrated consumer marketing and commercial and franchise leadership, we will achieve another successful year for The Coca-Cola Company.”