Beer sales in Poland rose over 7% last year, according to figures from the country's brewing association.

Some 32.5m hectolitres of beer were sold in Poland in 2006, data from The Union of Brewing Industry Employers in Poland showed.

Poland's largest brewer, Kompania Piwowarska, said yesterday (7 February) that its sales leapt over 10% to 12.4m hl.

The company, a unit of brewing titan SABMiller, said sales had been "exceptionally strong" during the summer, buoyed by the football World Cup. The performance increased Kompania Piwowarska's share of the Polish beer market to 38.3%, the company added.

Managing director Mark Bowman said: "We expect the market growth to continue for 2007, albeit at a slower pace, and we are hopeful that our current positive market momentum can be maintained."