Chilean drinks group Compania Cervecerias Unidas SA (CCU) has seen its fourth quarter volumes increase 3.1%, over the same period a year before, to 3,587,334 hectolitres.

The company said that full year volumes for 2004 were up 4.2% on 2003 to 11,352,511 hl, it added.

Domestic sales were up 2.4% in the fourth quarter and 3% for the full year.

Sales to Argentina were up 5.8% in the last quarter of the year and 9.5% overall for 2004, CCU reported.

The company added that the figures were only preliminary.