InBev has remained silent on speculation that it may look to buy Budejovicky Budvar in the Czech republic.

Local radio in the country reported yesterday (27 August) that the Czech government is mulling over plans to privatise the state-owned brewer, along with a raft of other companies it owns. Czech Deputy Finance Minister Ivan Fuksa was cited as saying that the Government is considering a sale of the brewer, the country's third largest.

Other reports from the country have suggested that InBev would be the front-runner should the move go ahead.

Speaking to just-drinks today, however, a spokesperson for InBev said: "This is not a matter for us to comment on."

No-one was immediately available at Budvar for comment on the reports.

Last month, Budvar credited a strong performance in the US for a leap in first half sales. The brewer saw sales volumes in the six-month period climb by 11% on the corresponding period a year earlier.