Coke Gets Lots of Pop from China and India

As Americans struggled amid the worst recession in decades, beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) relied on its large global operations to pick up the slack. It turned its laser focus on the two big international markets where the growth is: India and China. The strategy has paid off as consumers in the two giant Asian nations responded by buying its beverages with gusto. In its fourth-quarter earnings report, Coke says sales skyrocketed 29% in China, and 20% in India.