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Sales rise at Cooley

TURNOVER at Cooley Distillery grew by 13pc last year to €15.9m but pre-tax profit fell by a quarter due to increased input costs and a decline in bulk sales.

Sales at the Irish distillery, founded in 1987 by chairman John Teeling, pictured right, grew from €14.2m to €15.9m last year.

This was primarily due to demand from new markets, greater sales of malt and aged blends, and a strong US performance.