Graph Writing # 21 - Information about sales and share prices for Coca-Cola

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Pie Chart + Line Graph:

The chart and graph below give information about sales and share prices for Coca-Cola.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

     » You should write at least 150 words.
     » You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Sales and share prices for Coca-Cola

Model Answer 1:
The pie chart and the line graph in combination depict Coca-Cola's sales in different markets and its share price over 4 years, commencing from 1996.

Overall, North America, Latin America and Europe were Coca-Cola's biggest markets in 2000 and this firm’s share price fluctuated wildly from 1996 to 2001.

As can be seen from the chart, North Americans consumed the highest units of Coca-Cola’s products as this region generated 30.4% of total sales. Following this, Latin America was reported to be the second largest market with 25.7% sales. On the other hand, Europeans contributed greatly to Coca-Cola’s profits by consuming 20.5% units. Asia, as well as Africa & Middles East, were not successful markets for Coca-Cola due to its low percentages of sales volume in each region (16.4% and 7% respectively).

Regarding the company's share price, it was approximately $38 per share in 1996, the lowest between 1996 and 2001. Next 2 years this brand's trading price at the share market witnessed a significant increase specifically at the end of each year ($70 and $80 respectively) despite a minimal drop to nearly $52 at the beginning of 1998. A remarkable slip back could be seen in the next two years, especially the lowest point of $48 in the middle of 2000. However, this trend changed and climbed back to $60 at the end of 2000 and reached nearly $55 a share in 2001.

[Written by - Linh]

Model Answer 2:
The diagrams give data on sales volume of Coca-Cola company in 2000 and also show the share price of this brand from 1996 to 2001.

Generally speaking, Coca-Cola made the highest sales in America and Europe in 2000 and it’s share price surged until 1998, after which it showed a downward trend.

In 2000, the largest proportion of Coca-Cola (30.4%), according to the pie chart, was consumed in North America. The second largest consumption came from Latin America which was one-quarter of all sales followed by 20.5 % in Europe, 16.4% in Asia and 7% in Africa and Middle-East respectively. It is evident that Americans were the major consumers of Coca-Cola products in 2000.

The line graph represents the price per share of Coca-Cola company from 1996 to 2001. It is quite interesting to note that the price per share was lowest at the beginning of 1996 staying just above $35. In the mid of 1996, it showed a steep rise and touched the figure of $50 per share, continuing the same price hike it reached just below $70 in 1997. A sharp increase was observed thereafter where the price was maximum, $80. Afterwards, the price tended to decline steeply until 2000. In mid-2000, the price increased again and at the start of the year 2001, Coca-Cola share was traded at the floor of stock exchange at $55.

[Written by - Manpreet ]

Sample Answer 3:
The pie chart and line graph show the data on sales volume and share price of Coca-Cola brand. As is given in the illustration, in the year 2000, Coca-Cola was sold most in America and the share price of Coca-Cola was highest in 1998 and showed some fluctuations.

As is presented in the pie chart, in 2000, Coca-Cola had more than 55% sales in Latin and North America. In Europe, it had more than 20% sales volume. In Asia, it sold 16.45% and in Africa, it had 7% sales volume. This indicates that the American continent had the largest market for Coca-Cola while this market was the lowest in Africa.

Again, the share price of Coca-Cola was only $33 in 1996 and this price increased to $68 in 1997. The price reached the highest in 1998 when it was $80 per share. The price then started dropping and with some fluctuations, it reached it around $60 in 2001.

 In summary, the American Continent was the largest market for Coca-Cola in 2000 and the average share price of it was $60 though this price varied year to year.

(Approximately 202 words)  ( This model answer can be followed as an example of a very good answer. However, please note that this is just one example out of many possible approaches.)

Model Answer 4:
The pie chart and line graph reveal the global sales ratio of Coca-Cola in 2000 and its share price between 1996 and 2001. It is apparently seen that America was the largest market for this brand and its share price was highest in 1998.

According to the pie chart, Coca-Cola sold 17.1 billion unit case in the year 2000 and more than 55% of this sale was made in North and Latin America. They sold around 3.45 billion unit case in Europe, which was their second largest sales ratio. Asian consumers drank around 16% unit case of Coca-Cola in this year and African and the Middle Eastern citizens together consumed 7% of the total sale in 2000.

The line graph shows that the share price of this brand was $36 in 1996 and it rapidly increased in the following years. Except in the middle of 1997, the price kept on going up until it reached its peak at around $80 per share in 1998. Hereafter, the price gradually declined and went below $50 in early 2000. Finally, the share price of Coca-Cola stood at around $60 during the mid-2000. 

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Kasun Madusanka Silva
The pie chart and the line graph in combination depict Coca-Cola's sales in different regions in the world and their share prices in five years since 1996. Overall, North America, Latin America, and Europe were the biggest markets of this brand while the share price of it fluctuated greatly during 1996-2000.

As can be seen in the chart, North Americans consumed the highest units of Coca-Cola, almost one-third of 17.1 billion units which was followed by 25.7% of sales in Latin America. It was the second-largest consumer of the product. Meanwhile, 20.5% of sales were reported in Europe that became the third-largest market. However, the least sales reported was in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East respectively. In Asia, it was 16.4%, and only 7% of units were sold in Africa, and the Middle East.

The share price of Coca-cola at its minimum was $40 at the beginning of 1996, and then increased rapidly in following three years to the maximum of $80 despite the price drop in late 1997. Then it is fall back down in next two years. In the mid of 2000, the share price dropped below $50 and again it raised by the end of the same year to around $60.

Nguyen Thuong Vu
The provided illustrations show Coca-Cola's sales distribution in the year 2000, and the changes in its share price from 1996 to 2001. Generally speaking, the business was most successful in 1998 and sales in American markets were dominant in 2000.

In detail, in 1996, Coca-Cola was $25 per share and this figure almost reached $70 in the middle of the following year. Despite some fluctuations, the share price went up to $80 in the next 12 months. From there, it dropped to below $50 sometime in the year 2000, before recovering to $55 in the end.

Now regarding the sales, 17.1 billion units of Coca-Cola were sold in 2000, more than a half of which sales were made in North and Latin America. Sales in Europe represented just over one-fifth in this year. Regarding the Asian continent, the sales case volume was more than double when compared with that in Africa and the Middle East, which accounted for a mere seven percent of the total.

Prasang Mudbhary
The chart illustrates the sales ratio while the graph describes share prices for Coca-Cola between 1996 and 2001.

Overall, we can observe that Coca-Cola was the most popular in North America. This drink was the least favourite in Africa and the Middle East. Moreover, the share price peaked significantly in the late '90s as well.

Turning to the chart, North America accounted for the most consumption of Coca-Cola making up 30.4 % in the year 2000. Secondly, this drink was preferred among the Latin America region reaching marginally over a quarter (25.7%) in the same year. Furthermore, Coca-Cola racked up 20.5% among the Europeans. In addition, the region of Asia made up 16.7% while in Africa and the Middle East, Coca-Cola was the least favourite within other continents as only 7% unit was consumed there.

As far as the graph is concerned, at the beginning of the period, the share price of Coca-Cola rose considerably reaching 50$ from around 30$ in 1997. However, the price experienced a gradual dip just before 1998. Then, again it increased dramatically, peaking in at around 70$. Over the next few years, the share price plunged frequently, although, at the turn of the century, it did surge steadily making up around 60$, before declining at the end of the period.

The pie chart illustrates the sale volume of Coca-Cola in five continents in the year 2000 while the line chart depicts the share prices of Coca-Cola between 1996 and 2000. At first glance, it is clearly seen that there were significant differences in the consumption of Coca-Cola between the regions in the year 2000 and more than 17 billion units were sold. On the other hand, oscillations in share prices were witnessed over the five years, between 1996 and 2000.

According to the pie chart, the sale volume of Coca-Cola in 2000 in North America was more than 30% of the total. It was followed by around one-fourth of total sales in Latin America. On the other hand, Europeans bought 20.5% while the percentage of the sale in Asia was 16.4%, and for African and the Middle East, it was just 7%.

Turning to the line graph data, the share price of Coca-cola was around $32 in 1996 and it went as high as $58 next year. The highest share price was in 1998 when it stood at nearly $80. Afterwards, the price declined and went below $50 in 2000 but had a trend of getting higher than that next year.

Kailash Chand
That's pretty nice.
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HELP HELP HELP -"Can you please point out my mistakes or give any suggestions?"The pie chart depicts the sales of coca-cola in 2000 whereas the line graph illustrates the share price this brand had from 1996 to 2001. Overall, the global sale of coca-cola was 17.1 billion unit case by the year 2000 and its share price went as high as 80 dollars in 1998. According to the pie chart, North and Latin America were the largest markets for the consumption of coca-cola in 2000 which together accounted for over 50% total sales - 30.4% in North America and 25.7% in Latin America. Africa and the Middle East, on the other hand, were the smallest market for this drink and exactly 7% of its sale was done in these two regions. Likewise, Asia and Europe comprised of 16.4% and 20.5% sale of coca-cola respectively.According to the line graph, the share price of coca-cola company was about $35 in 1996 which rose dramatically and went as high as $69 in 1997. In the following year, it surged to the peak of about $80 per share after showing a minor drop. After this time onwards, a steady decrease in the share price could be observed and it reached under 50 dollars in 2000. Next year the share price of coca-cola stood at just below 60 dollars.
"North America and and Latin America"Really?Mexico is in North America What this means?Are you excluding Mexico from North America?Are you moving Mexico to South America?Hilarious.
My dictionary did not find the word, which you used. Maybe you meant worthwhile.
Rao Haider Ali Khan
Worthful writing...
Ahmed Lahori
It depends! If you fully concentrate and practise as much as you can, then hopefully you can do it... Wish you best of luck.
How can I increase my vocabulary? Can I get minimum 7 bands after studying only 10 days?
Hi, may I ask a question?I was wondering if in this content I could say ''North America POSSESSES/DETAINS the highest proportion of Coca-Cola sales?'' Is it correct or both verbs are not applicable in this case? I have looked up the exactly meaning of these verbs but I am not sure.Another question, in the line graph, instead of using the verb DROP, FALL or REDUCE, Can I say that the value of coca-cola share ''DIMINISHED''?Just one more question if you do not mind, Describing a line graph, Is it correct to say the something ATTAINED/ACHIEVED the peak rather than using the verb REACH/TOUCH/HIT ??Thank you, it will be really helpful.
The given illustrations give data on Coca-Cola company’s share price from 1996 until 2001 and its sales volume in several regions in 2000. Overall, Coca-Cola made the highest sales in American regions and its share price was highest in 1998. According to the line graph, the share price of Cola-Cola company was approximately 35-38 dollars in 1996 and it remarkably rose to roughly $80 in 1998. Then in 2000, this price dropped to just under $50 and finally, the price experienced rise after 2000. In 2001, this price stood at nearly 60 dollar.The pie chart reveals that total Coca-Cola sale in 2000 reached to 17.1 billion units that had been distributed to five regions. It is interesting to note that the highest percentage of Coca-Cola sell was recorded in North America with 30.4% followed by Latin America and Europe with 25.7% and 20.5%, respectively. However, the lowest percentage of that sale belonged to Asia (16.4%), Africa and Middle East (7%).
Actually, I agree with Mat. It is not easy to use words like plummeted, fluctuations etc. for someone who is struggling with the basic vocabulary. Ideally 'Work extensively on your vocabulary before you attempt such questions'. That would be a safe bet in my opinion.
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Daryll Patane
The supplied diagrams show information on the percentage of unit case volume of Coca-Cola in five different regions during 2000, and its share prices between 1996 and 2001.Overall, it is noticeably clear that American continent holds the biggest market of allotted bottles sold, whereas Europe and Asia are next to it. Moreover, the market price varies from the 5 years period.In the given pie chart, North and Latin America shared a 56.1% of total bottles disposed of in the market in which it accounted for a 30.4% and 25.7% separately. The next major distributor is Europe which it contributed an inch higher against Asian region. In contrast with this, Africa and the Middle East combine distributed 7% of the total sales.In 1996, it can be noticed there was a steady jump in the price whereas it plummeted to the midyear of 1997-1998 fiscal year to a merely $55 value, however, prices were brought back significantly and levelled at $80. Market prices were started to have steep fluctuations over the next years as it reached 60$ in 2001.
Merely Real
Not bad.
For someone who is not familiar with charts (that would be me), this one is quite hard to describe in-depth, especially when I need to learn a lot of vocabularies to write a single line.