On a global level the drinks giant struggled due to a Chinese clampdown on ďextravaganceĒ, a weak beer market in Nigeria and struggling economies in parts of Asia and Latin America.
It caused Diageoís share price to drop 4% to £18.21 Ė a 15-month low.
But Diageo Great Britain weathered the storm.
CÓroc and Talisker were the star performers in the reserve portfolio, while new launches CÓroc Red Berry, Smirnoff Gold and Baileys Chocolat Luxe drove growth through innovation and net sales of Pimmís nearly trebled, boosted by a hot summer.
But Smirnoff sales were down 2% and Guinness was flat.†
* Diageo has appointed Tim Homewood as new UK brand ambassador for Tanqueray and Tanqueray No. 10 gins.†