Chilean beverage giant Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU) has reported a 4% rise in volume sales for the first half of 2009.

Volumes rose by 4% to 7.8m hectolitres for the first six months of 2009, CCU said in a trading update this week. Volume sales also rose by 4% in the second quarter.

Beer volumes in Chile rebounded in the second quarter, rising by 4%, but the lift was not enough to prevent an overall 1% dip for CCU in the country for the six months.

Star performers in the quarter were beer sales in Argentina, which rose by 16% by volume, as well as wine sales in the country, which rose by 24%. Chilean wine exports by volume increased by a third for the half-year.

In soft drinks, CCU reported an 8% rise in fruit beverages sales by volume for the six months, compared to the same period last year.

Full first-half results will be released in the first week of August, CCU said.