Olvi Oyj has posted a healthy rise in Q1 sales. The Finnish brewer said yesterday that net sales rose by 18% to €25.65m compared to €21.74m year-on-year.

While operating loss for the period was reduced to €0.12m compared to a loss of €0.14m in 2003, net loss for the company hit €0.82m from a loss of €0.68m in 2003.

The group expects sales volumes for the year to increase and operating profit to improve.