Pepsi overtakes Diet Coke as US soda sales slide


Pepsi outsold Diet Coke last year to become the second most popular carbonated drink in the US, as health-conscious consumers continued to shun products with artificial sweeteners.

Coca-Cola maintained the top-spot, but sales of its sugar-free alternative fell by 6.6%.

Diet Pepsi sales fell by more than 5%.

Nonetheless, both companies posted a modest increase in overall sales in 2014.

Once a common sight on dining tables across the country, fizzy drinks have fallen out of favour in the US over the past decade.