Pepsi maker Britvic was undermined by a "disappointing" set of results in France, its chief executive said, as the company fell behind expectations on revenue and pre-tax profit fell.

The company said statutory operating profit had dropped 21.7% to £130 million, and pre-tax profit fell more than 24% to £110.3 million.

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It came as the firm's revenue missed expectations slightly, despite rising 2.8%, according to analysts at Liberum.

Britvic has relaunched a major advertising push to take market share from Coca-Cola over the crucial Christmas period with the slogan "try a new tradition".

Chief executive Simon Litherland said: "Our commercial execution, innovation agenda and revenue management continue to deliver results.

"Our transformational business capability programme is now complete - and importantly forms a key part of our broader commitment to building a more flexible and sustainable business model going forward.

"Building on this strong platform, I am confident that Britvic is well placed to capitalise on the future growth opportunities in the years ahead.

"While we anticipate conditions to remain challenging, we fully expect that we will make further progress in 2020."

Sofa chain ScS has seen orders continue to tumble as shopper demand remains under pressure amid Brexit and political uncertainty.

The group reported a 7.1% fall in comparable sales in the 17 weeks to November 23.

The Sunderland-headquartered firm - which is holding its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday - said this was an improvement on the first nine weeks of its financial year when comparable orders dropped 7.6%.

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ScS is the latest firm to reveal the impact of falling consumer confidence, with Topps Tiles reporting on Tuesday that demand had taken a big hit in the month since the General Election was called.

Retailers have reported slower sales of big ticket items, in particular those linked to house sales as property prices stagnate due to uncertainty over the election and Brexit.

Alan Smith, chairman of ScS, said: "It is clear that the ongoing economic and political uncertainties are continuing to impact consumer confidence and spending."

ScS's recent sales woes were compounded by warm late summer and early September weather, which dented demand for furniture.

The group posted a 5% rise in annual pre-tax profits to £14.3 million, with like-for-like sales up 4.2% in the year to July 27.

On The Beach posted a 26% fall in annual pre-tax profits to £19.4 million after booking a £7.7 million charge from the collapse of rival Thomas Cook.

Around 15% of the company's customers booked Thomas Cook flights annually, and On The Beach was forced to rebook affected customers on to alternative flights.

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On the Beach said the demise of the competitor will offer an "unprecedented opportunity" to boost its market share.

It said it had already seen strong search demand from holidaymakers since the Thomas Cook collapse in September, though it added the sudden loss of availability had pushed up flight prices for this winter and in eastern Mediterranean destinations.

On The Beach said with the Thomas Cook impact stripped out, underlying pre-tax profits lifted 3% to £34.6 million over the 12 months to September 30.

Simon Cooper, chief executive of On the Beach, said: "The failure of TCG (Thomas Cook Group) has led to a material shift in market dynamics as it had a 20% share of beach holiday passengers and approximately 20% of the seat capacity to beach holiday destinations."