SABMiller Beer Sales Beat Estimates on Asian, African Growth

on 18/10/10 at 11:38 am

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SABMiller Plc, the world’s second- biggest brewer by volume, said first-half beer sales rose as gains in Asia and Africa more than offset declines in Latin America and Europe.

The quantity of lager sold increased 1 percent in the six months ended Sept. 30, excluding the effect of acquisitions, London-based SABMiller said today. That beat the 0.5 percent median estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News.

SABMiller is among brewers seeking growth in developing markets and through takeovers to combat sluggish consumer spending in Europe. Sales declined “marginally” in Latin America and slid 5 percent in Europe, while gaining 10 percent in Asia and 7 percent in Africa, the company said.

The brewer’s third-biggest market of South Africa, which contributes about 23 percent of revenue, “was the star of the show,” bolstered by the effects of the World Cup soccer tournament, said Simon Hales, a London-based analyst at Evolution Securities. “A big, positive swing” in Europe in the second quarter, bolstered by Russia, also helped.

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