UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
 
FORM 6-K
 
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
20 September 2017
 
Commission File Number:  001-10691
 
DIAGEO plc
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
 
 
Lakeside Drive, Park Royal, London NW10 7HQ
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.
 
Form 20-F   X                                                                  Form 40-F  
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is submitting the Form 6-K in paper as permitted by Regulation S-T Rule 101(b)(1):   
 
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20 September 2017
 
 
Diageo issues trading commentary ahead of AGM 2017
 
Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive, commented:
 
"Our business continues to strengthen through improved marketing, innovation, and commercial execution, and we are well set up to deliver in line with our expectations.
 
We expect the H1 organic net sales growth rate will be impacted by the later timing of Chinese New Year and by the expected impact of the highway ban in India. Our productivity work continues to move at pace. As previously announced, we are up-weighting our investment behind US Spirits and scotch, and as a result we expect our organic operating margin expansion will be weighted towards H2. Our expectations on overall performance for the year remain unchanged.
 
Underlying momentum and progress in implementing productivity gives us continued confidence in our ability to deliver sustainable growth. We re-affirm our expectation of mid-single digit top line growth and 175bps of organic operating margin improvement over the three years ending 30 June 2019."
 
 
For further information
 
Media relations:
 
 
Jessica Rouleau
 
+44 (0) 208 978 1286
 
 
 
Bianca Agius
 
+44 (0) 208 978 1450
 
 
 
press@diageo.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investor relations:
 
 
Sharon Rolston
 
+44 (0) 208 978 1219
 
 
 
Andrew Ryan
 
+44 (0) 208 978 6504
 
 
 
Rohit Vats
 
+44 (0) 208 978 1064
 
 
 
investor.relations@diageo.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About Diageo
 
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JeB, Buchanan's and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.
 
Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.
 
Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.
 
 
ENDS
 
 
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
 
This document contains 'forward-looking' statements. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts. In particular, forward-looking statements include all statements that express forecasts, expectations, plans, outlook, objectives and projections with respect to future matters, and can be statements made about Diageo's strategy, trends in results of operations, margins, growth rates and growth rate objectives; estimates of Diageo's cash flows, effective interest and/or tax rates, cost savings, results of hedging instruments, cash contributions to post-employment plans, exchange rate impacts, dividend policies and other shareholder return objectives, executive compensation levels and outcomes of litigation, as well as the impact of new accounting policies on Diageo's consolidated results and financial position. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future.
 
There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including factors that are outside of Diageo's control. These factors include, but are not limited to, economic, political, social or other developments; the negotiating process surrounding, as well as the eventual terms of, the UK's exit from the European Union; changes in consumer preferences and tastes as well as overall market trends; litigation; changes in the domestic and international tax environment; changes in the cost of production; legal and regulatory developments, as well as any failure to comply with existing laws and regulations; events that damage Diageo's image and reputation; increased competitive and pricing pressures; Diageo's ability to execute and derive the expected benefits from its strategies; increased costs for talent and/or labour strikes or disputes; fluctuations in exchange and/or interest rates; movements in the value of assets and liabilities related to Diageo's pension plans; Diageo's ability to renew existing agreements; and/or any failure by Diageo to protect its intellectual property rights.
 
All oral and written forward-looking statements made on or after the date of this document and attributable to Diageo are expressly qualified in their entirety by the above factors and by the 'Risk factors' included in Diageo's annual report for the year ended 30 June 2017. Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Diageo speak only as of the date they are made. Diageo does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect any changes in Diageo's expectations with regard thereto or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. The reader should, however, consult any additional disclosures that Diageo may make in any documents which it publishes and/or files with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). All readers, wherever located, should take note of these disclosures.
 
All rights are reserved in relation to any reference in this document to names of Diageo's products which constitute trademarks or trade names which Diageo owns, or which others own and license to Diageo for use. © Diageo plc 2017.
 
The information in this document does not constitute an offer to sell or an invitation to buy shares in Diageo plc or an invitation or inducement to engage in any other investment activities. Past performance cannot be relied upon as a guide to future performance.
 
 
SIGNATURE
 
 
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
 
 
 Diageo plc
 
 (Registrant)
 
 
Date: 20 September 2017
 By: /s/John Nicholls
 
 Name: John Nicholls
 
 Title: Deputy Company Secretary