Chilean soft-drink bottler Coca-Cola Embonor SA posted its biggest monthly gain since 2010 on speculation that hot weather and stricter drunk-driving laws are boosting demand for non-alcoholic beverages.
Embonor gained 6 percent to 1,044 pesos at the close in Santiago, extending a monthly increase to 12 percent, the steepest since July 2010.
“This has been a very hot March and the new law with stricter limits for driving-under-the-influence is spurring speculation that bottlers such as Embonor will have very good quarterly results,” said German Guerrero, a partner at MBI Servicios Financieros in Santiago.
Average temperatures in Santiago this month have been the highest since 1915 and reached a March record of 35.2 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), Radio Bio Bio said March 23, citing the Bureau of Meteorology.
Stricter rules and bigger sanctions for driving under the influence of alcohol, dubbed by the government as the “zero tolerance” law, came into effect March 15. The country’s bars and nightclubs association estimates that members’ sales tumbled an average 55 percent since then, La Tercera reported March 20.