Analysts are forecasting a 19% rise in operating profits at the Danish brewing group, Carlsberg A/S, for the nine months to September.

A poll of 10 analysts conducted by Reuters suggests operating profits will come in at around DKr3.3 billion ($445m) against DKr2.77 billion in the corresponding period in 2001. The poll also predicted full-year operating profits of DKr3.74 billion, which would be 10% up on last year's figure of DKr3.40 billion.