The UK brewing combine, Scottish & Newcastle (S&N), has said that it has received valid acceptances for 72.4% of the shares in the cider producer, HP Bulmer.

S&N said it had acceptances for 38.46m shares and also for 85.8% of first preference shares and 89% of second preference shares.

The brewer is extending its offer, launched at the end of April, for a further 14 days until June 19.