The German brewer, Brau und Brunnen, has said it plans to buy back 10% of its capital by the end of December 2004.

The company, in which the German banking group, HVB, owns a majority stake, also revealed that it bought back 9.8% of its share capital in a previous share buyback programme.

HVB itself is planning to sell its 55.6% stake in the brewer.