London (Agencies): Vodafone Group reported 3 percent growth in sales to 11.9 billion pounds (USD 19.29 billion) for the October-December period on the back of strong performances in businesses in India, Turkey and the UK.

The British mobile operator said its group service revenue grew by 2.5 per cent to 11 billion pounds.

"This is the fifth successive quarter of service revenue growth improvement, with strong results from India, Turkey, the UK and Vodacom," Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao
said in a statement.

Vodafone said service revenues from Indian operations grew by 16.7 per cent during the third quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Apart from India business, the UK unit recorded underlying sales growth of 7 per cent in the third quarter. Vodafone's European sales were lifted by changes to the UK group's structure. The European unit now includes Turkey, which has recorded underlying sales growth of 31.7 per cent.

The company's growth in India was driven by net customer additions of 8.7 million users during the quarter and strong mobile voice usage, partially offset by a fall in mobile voice
pricing due to strong competition in the market.

Besides, Vodafone said its planned launch of 3G services in India during the quarter ended March 31, 2011 is underway, following the purchase of 3G spectrum in nine telecom circles
in May 2010.

Looking ahead, the company is optimistic over its profit outlook and said that operating profits are expected to be at the upper end of 11.8 billion pounds to 12.2 billion pounds.