SABMiller posts better than expected European volumes

on 24/01/11 at 8:28 am

Industry

SABMiller has reported a three per cent increase lager volume in the third quarter, driven by better than expected volume in Europe and emerging markets.

The UK-listed brewer continued to benefit from its strong presence in emerging markets. Lager volumes were up 12 per cent on an organic basis in Asia, and in Africa quarterly lager volumes rose 12 per cent, boosted by the renewal of business activity in Zimbabwe.

The only negative point on the emerging market map came from Latin America, where lager volumes were down one per cent. Colombia was largely responsible for the decline as the country recorded a five per cent fall in lager volume, due to a new emergency sales tax on beer and exceptional bad weather.

SABMiller said: “Heavy rain and flooding throughout the quarter in Colombia caused large scale damage to housing and infrastructure, impacting consumer demand and product availability, and culminated in a national state of emergency in December.”

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