Anadolu Efes, the Tureky-based drinks group, has reported a 4% rise in volume sales for the first half of 2009.

A 2.3% rise in domestic beer sales by volume and a near 14% increase in soft drinks volumes drove growth in the six months to the end of June, Anadolu Efes said yesterday (14 July).

Total beer volume sales fell by 2% for the period, compared to the same six months of last year.

The slip reflected a 4.6% volume sales slip at Efes Breweries International, which is 70%-owned by Anadolu Efes and has suffered from a lower consumer spending in Russia.

Soft drinks volumes were boosted by Coca-Cola Icecek, which is 50.3%-owned by Anadolu Efes and which also this reported a volume sales rise of nearly 14% for the first half of the year.