UK soft drinks group AG Barr is on track to meet its full-year financial targets, the company said today (24 January).

In a trading update, AG Barr said its performance is in line with expectations for the second half of its financial year to 27 January.

"This has been a challenging year throughout the business with significant operational improvements having been made at the same time as we have accelerated our top line sales performance," said Roger White, AG Barr's chief executive.

"We are pleased with the progress we have made this past financial year and believe it provides us with a strong platform for further profitable growth."

The Irn Bru producer also said that "the continued competitive nature of the market" had failed to slow performance in the last six months. AG Barr will unveil its preliminary results on 26 March.

In September, the company posted a rise in both pre-tax profits and sales for the first half of the year. Profits were up to GBP9.4m (US$17.8m) from GBP8.7m in the corresponding period a year earlier. Sales, meanwhile, registered an 8.9% increase to GBP72.2m.