Writing Task 1 | 01

Writing Task 1 | 01

Academic Writing Sample Task 1 | Bar Chart

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The chart and graph below give information about sales and share prices for Coca-Cola. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Academic Writing Task 1

Model answer

The pie chart shows the worldwide distribution of sales of Coca-Cola in the year 2000 and the graph shows the change in share prices between 1996 and 2001.

In the year 2000, Coca-Cola sold a total of 17.1 billion cases of their fizzy drink product worldwide. The largest consumer was North America, where 30.4 percent of the total volume was purchased. The second-largest consumer was Latin America. Europe and Asia purchased 20.5 and 16.4 percent of the total volume respectively, while Africa and the Middle East remained fairly small consumers at 7 percent of the total volume of sales.

Since 1996, share prices for Coca-Cola have fluctuated. In that year, shares were valued at approximately $35. Between 1996 and 1997, however, prices rose significantly to $70 per share. They dipped a little in mid-1997 and then peaked at $80 per share in mid-98. From then until 2000 their value fell consistently but there was a slight rise in mid-2000.

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