Beer and beer-like shipments registered a small rise last month for five Japanese brewers. The increase is the second straight monthly climb for the companies.

Shipments of beer and 'third-category beer' for Kirin, Asahi, Suntory, Orion and Sapporo were up year-on-year by 3.9% in September to 42.98m 12.66-litre cases. The rise was credited to high temperatures in the country.

While third-category shipments leapt 3.3-fold to 8m cases in the month, accounting for 18.6% of total shipments, beer slipped by 1.8% for the brewers, to 22.9m cases. According to industry officials, the slide was cushioned by strong demand for draft beer for restaurant use and high-priced premium beer.

Shipments of happoshu low-malt beer crashed by 22.5%, registering a 14th consecutive month of year-on-year decrease.

Japanese breweries have been active in the third-category thanks to lower liquor taxes for the segment.