Beer output in Russia rose by 4.6% in the period from January to September, against the corresponding period last year, to 694m decalitres, the Russian Brewers' Union has reported. The union was citing figures from the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat).

The union added that beer production growth rates had been higher in the January to September period in 2004, at 12.9% year-on-year. "The drop in beer production growth rates was the result of restrictions on advertising that took effect in September 2004 in addition to the passing of the anticipated inflation level for excises on beer in 2005," the Russian Brewers' Union said.