Bryggerigruppen has reiterated its profit guidance for 2003. The Danish brewer expects pretax profit for last year to reach between DKK210m (US$35.6m) and DKK235m. The company will deliver its full-year results on 17 March.

Speaking to Dow Jones, the brewer's chief executive Poul Moeller also revealed that Bryggerigruppen is planning a major advertising campaign and new products to boost its market share. Moeller declined to say how much money the company will spend on promotion.

In January, press reports from Denmark suggested that Carlsberg was slowly losing market share in its home market. Last week reports said that Bryggerigruppen was joining forces with a brewer in Norway and one in Sweden to challenge Carlsberg's leading position in the Scandinavian markets.

In 2002, Bryggerigruppen posted pretax profit of DKK228 million and a net profit of DKK153 million from DKK2.78 billion in sales.