SABMiller's Czech brewing unit Plzensky Prazdroj plans to lay off an unspecified number of workers, according to local reports.

The reported moves come just a week after Plzensky Prazdroj posted a 5% increase in beer volumes for 2005.

A company spokesman told the Interfax news agency yesterday (6 February) that the brewer had decided to cut jobs in administrative and technical positions to boost efficiency.

Officials in Pilsen and at SABMiller's office in London were unavailable for comment as just-drinks went to press.

Last week, Plzensky Prazdroj said growing exports had given a boost to sales last year. However, the brewer's managing director Mike Short did point to "competitive challenges" on the Czech market.