Sapporo Breweries has raised its sales targets for its low-alcoholic fruit drink brand "Fruit Sparkling".

A report by the news agency Dow Jones today said the company had raised its expectations from 800,000 cases this year to 1.2m cases for the brand.

The move is part of the company's plan to diversify into the fruit-flavoured low-alcoholic sector as sales in the traditional beer market continue to falter.