SABMiller released a full-year  trading update earlier today

SABMiller released a full-year trading update earlier today

Earlier today (18 April), SABMiller released a full-year trading update, reporting a 7% rise in organic group sales. Here, just-drinks take a more detailed look at sales performance by region:

Latin America 

  • Lager volumes up 3% in FY, with 1% fall in Q4
  • Columbia saw FY volumes up 3%
  • Peru reported FY lager volumes up 5%
  • Central America lager volumes grew by 5%
  • FY soft drinks volumes across Latin America up 3% 


  • Full-year lager volumes up by 6%, Q4 volumes up 3%
  • Poland saw full-year volumes up 8%, helped by the Euro 2012 football tournament last summer
  • Czech Republic FY volumes fell by 3%, due to "weakness" in the on-trade, plus price rises in October
  • Romania reported a 24% leap in volumes, helped by expansion of economy brand Ciucas in a new PET pack
  • The UK saw FY lager volumes rise of 4% 

US (Miller Coors JV)

  • FY domestic sales to retailers fell 2%. In Q4, sales down by 3.3%
  • Low single-digit fall for Coors Light sales and a high-single digit decline in Miller Lite
  • Craft beer division Tenth and Blake division saw high single-digit growth, driven by Blue Moon and supported by national expansion of Batch 19


  • Full-year lager volumes rose by 6%, with Q4 volumes up by 9%
  • Zambia saw full-year lager sales up by 12%
  • Lager volumes in Tanzania fell by 8%, due to "excise-related pricing and beer market contraction"
  • Mozambique saw FY lager sales up 11%
  • Soft drinks volumes grew by 9%, boosted by strong performances in Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana


  • Full-year lager volumes grew by 6%. Q4 volumes were up 12%
  • Australia saw volumes up 3%, underpinned by Victoria Bitter, with sales growth for the second consecutive quarter since its re-launch in October 2012
  • Full-year lager volume growth in China was 5%
  • FY India volumes were up 20% 

South Africa 

  • FY lager volumes grew 2%, against a "backdrop of difficult trading conditions". Q4 volumes rose by 1%
  • Soft drinks volumes grew 3% for the full-year

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