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Diageo Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey

This year we are reporting Africa, Eastern Europe, and Turkey as a newly formed region, which is now Diageo's second largest and is the biggest contributor to net sales growth. Net sales grew 10% from strong performance of spirits and a robust performance of beer in Africa, where we grew net sales despite volume declines.

Africa represents Diageo's largest group of emerging markets in terms of net sales and employs over 5,300 people (one in four of Diageo's total workforce worldwide).

Guinness is at the heart of our Africa business, being brewed in over 20 countries and exported to many others. Through our local businesses, we also produce and sell a range of local African beers including Tusker, Senator, Serengeti Premium Lager and Bell. Beyond beer, Diageo is the number one premium spirits company in Africa with leading brands in their categories, including Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Baileys and Gordon's. We also produce a small number of non-alcoholic carbonated malt-based drinks including Malta Guinness and Alvaro.

Russia and Eastern Europe is a diverse, fast accelerating market offering great opportunities for growth. The territory comprises 34 countries, where Diageo has two in-market companies, in Russia and Poland, and distributor partners working in the remaining 32 countries.

Our ambition is to be the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer goods company in the market. To get there, we will focus on growing the equity and share of our brands, building a superior route to customer, shopper and consumer, whilst continuing to embody leadership, honesty and trust.