Rise in off-trade sales for Fuller's

13 June, 2008

Sales of Fuller's beer in the off-trade provided the brewing highlight for Fuller Smith & Turner in its latest results.

In the year to the end of March, off-trade sales were ahead by 7% to 36,300 barrels against an increase in total beer volume sales for the group of just 1%.

The off-trade now accounts for more than 10% of the company's beer volumes.

Chairman Michael Turner said: "London Pride continues to lead the premium ale market and has again grown market share in all sectors."

Operating profit in the Fuller's Beer Co rose 1% to £8 million. Group pre-tax profit was up 4% at £23 million.

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