Listed soft drinks bottler and distributor Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) expects to yield "materially" higher earnings and headline earnings for the six months to 30 September 2003 compared to the same period last year.

In a statement to shareholders today it said the interim figures were due to be released at the end of October, but the increase was attributed mainly to volume growth, supported by inflation linked price increases in February this year.

ABI said it continued to focus on increased efficiencies in manufacturing and distribution processes and this would also contribute to the results.