Brau Union Austria has seen a rise in sales and net profit for 2003. The brewer, a subsidiary of Heineken, posted a net profit of €28.86m (US$34.15m) compared to €21.42m in 2002. Sales hit €580.09m, up from €570.16m year-for-year.

The company credited the rises to its business operations in central Europe, and sales increases of its Goesser, Zipfer, Schwechater and Puntigamer brands.

Brau Union Austria was formed last year after Heineken purchased Austrian brewery Brau-Beteiligungs-Aktiengesellschaft for €2.0 billion.