Sales of three S&N brands on the rise

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Strongbow, John Smith's and Foster's all outperformed the beer and cider market in the first half of the year, according to interim results this week...

Strongbow, John Smith's and Foster's all outperformed the beer and cider market in the first half of the year, according to interim results this week from Scottish & Newcastle.

Strongbow was up 10 percentage points, John Smith's rose three points and Foster's two points. S&N's other major brand, Kronenbourg, slipped by 0.8 percentage points.

Total volumes were up 5.5% in a beer and cider market that fell by 4% between January and June this year 'as bad a year as we've seen for a long time, said S&N UK chairman and managing director John Dunsmore.

He attributed the market fall to 'a definite consumer softening and a one-off comparison with last year's European football championships.

'We believe the on-trade is heavily dependent on interest rates. Although we'd have liked an earlier rate cut, we're pleased with this latest movement.

Dunsmore cautioned retailers about above-inflation beer price rises unless they were improving their pubs and bars for customers.

July has seen significant sales rises, he said, and the company is confident that first-half operating profit rises of 11.1% in the UK beer business will be matched in the next six months.

To address the falling premium lager market, S&N is launching draught Kronen-bourg Cold Premiere.

Strongbow Sirrus has just been launched in the on-trade.

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