The world's largest beermaker Anheuser-Busch has delivered an upbeat statement for 2002 and 2003, saying yesterday that its shipments of beer to US wholesalers hit a record high in 2002. It also went on to reiterate its earnings growth estimates for 2002 and 2003. Company president August A. Busch IV said: "We are extremely pleased to report that our domestic beer shipments to wholesalers grew to an all-time high of 101.8m barrels in 2002 - increasing 2.1m barrels or 2.1% over 2001.