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Sir: Susan Stevens (letter, 26 February) asks why it is easy to buy Coca-Cola in Cuba, despite the US trade embargo. The answer is that it is imported from Mexico. The irony is that it must be bought in US dollars. Given that only those Cubans employed in certain sectors, such as tourism, are paid even part of their salaries in dollars, "easy" means in this context "not theoretically impossible". Dollars are also vital for buying other imports, such as soap.

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The European Commission is investigating Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages for possible anti-competitive marketing practices involving discounts to distributors.

Pepsi relaunch fails to lift off

PepsiCo this weekend admitted that its $500m (pounds 320m) "Blue" relaunch had been a disappointment - yet to have a significant impact on sales despite the hype.

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Cadbury sells stake in drinks venture with Coca Cola

Cadbury Schweppes is to sell its 51 per cent stake in its UK soft drinks joint venture to Coca Cola Enterprises, a publicly quoted US group which is 44 per cent owned by Cadbury's arch-rival, Coca Cola.

Pepsi blues over pounds 300m relaunch

As Pepsi took the cola wars into space this week, filming an advertisement on the Mir space station, things on the ground were looking a little more blue for them.
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