Coca-Cola earnings show bubbly growth abroad

The Dow stalwart reported quarterly results to a muted reaction from investors.

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Oct 15, 2013 1:07PM
Iconic beverage king Coca-Cola (KO) reported earnings Tuesday morning, and shares were basically trading flat at midday. Coca-Cola had a slight beat on earnings, although revenue was down 3%.

Net income grew to $2.45 billion, a 6% increase year over year. Coca-Cola reported earnings per share of 53 cents. North America saw 2% sales growth, primarily driven by Coca-Cola's non-fizzy beverages like Honest Tea and Fuze, which were up by double-digits.
Coca-Cola saw better sales jumps overseas -- which accounts for 60% of its total revenue -- with the strongest growth coming in the Pacific region. However, growth lagged 1% in Europe, and Latin America merely stayed flat.Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company
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