Efes Breweries International has posted a healthy lift in sales volumes for last year.

The company, which is the international brewing arm of Anadlou Efes, said late last week that volumes in 2007 rose by 13.8% on 2006, hitting 13.3m hectolitres. In the final three months of last year, volumes were up by 13.3% year-on-year.

EBI noted that, including sales from the Krasny Vostok Brewing Group, which EBI acquired in February 2006, for the first two months of 2006, and excluding sales from Interbrew Efes Brewery, EBI's 50% Romanian subsidiary which it exited in August 2006, like-for-like sales were up by 17%.

In Russia, where EBI is the fourth largest brewer, sales leapt by 20.1% to 10.4m hectolitres. "The strong market growth in Russia was assisted by the favourable weather conditions and the continuing positive shift towards beer primarily in less saturated regional markets," the company said. Market share in the country was up slightly last year, to 8.7% from 8.5%.

Whilst sales in Kazakhstan and Moldova were up in the year, volumes in Serbia slid by 5.1% to 0.5m hectolitres, reflecting "our strategic decision to focus on balanced volume and profitabilty", EBI said.