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Coca-Cola profits beat forecasts
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Coca-Cola, the world's largest drinks maker, has reported better quarterly profits than expected, driven by demand in developing markets.

Net income rose by 14% to $1.46bn (782m; 1.2bn euros) in the three months ending 29 September, compared with $1.28bn a year earlier.

Coca-Cola saw the strongest growth in markets such as China, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and the Middle East.

The company has been looking to offset declining sales in markets like Europe.

In an effort to boost sales, the company has been increasing production of non-carbonated drinks to tap into demand among consumers for healthier products.

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