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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 7:16am

Overseas Sales Boost Coca-Cola 4Q Profit

Coca-Cola says its fourth-quarter profit climbed as the world's largest drink maker sold 5 percent more beverages worldwide.

The Atlanta-based beverage maker says its unit case volume rose in emerging markets like China and India, and also saw solid growth in Latin America. However, it sold fewer drinks in North America.

The company, whose brands include Sprite and Diet Coke, says its earnings rose to $1.54 billion, or 66 cents per share, even with analyst expectations.

Revenue increased 5 percent to $7.51 billion. That beat Wall Street's $7.21 billion estimate.