Chile-based drinks group Compania de Cervecerias Unidas has reported a healthy rise in volumes despite a slump in domestic wine sales.

CCU posted a 9% rise in volumes during 2006, despite a fall in the amount of wine it sold domestically.

Beer volumes in Chile rose 12.9% to 4.7m hectolitres, while in Argentina, they were up 7.9% to 2.4m hl. Soft drinks volumes in Chile were also up, by 7.4%.

CCU's wine business, however, suffered with domestic sales dropping almost 12% and export volumes falling 0.4%.

Meanwhile, the company yesterday (11 January) said that Christopher Barrow is standing down from his position as director. Massimo von Wunster has been added to the board until the next general meeting.

Jointly-owned by Chilean industrial and financial group Quinenco and Dutch brewer Heineken, CCU is the biggest brewer in Chile and the second-largest brewer in Argentina.