The UK regional brewer and pub operator, Greene King, posted profit before tax and exceptionals of £35m ($55.20m) for the 24 weeks to October 19, 2002, ahead of analysts' forecasts which had predicted first half profits of around £34.5m. Greene King had been forecasting double digit growth in earnings per share and just met this target with EPS rising by 11% to 32.8p. Turnover at the company, which produces the Greene King IPA, Abbott Ale and Old Speckled Hen beer brands, rose by 17% to £249m.