Carlsberg's Polish unit is looking to up its market share by the end of the decade. Carlsberg Polska said yesterday (26 October) that it hopes to increase its share in the country's beer market from the present 14% to 15%, to nearer 20% by 2010.

Making the claim to local reporters, company spokesperson Leszek Siwecki did not provide any further specific details.

For this year, the brewer forecasts sales of between 4.3m and 4.4m hectolitres, a slight rise from 2004, when Carlsberg sold 4.16m hectolitres, a year-on-year increase of 8%.

For the first nine months of 2005, the company saw beer sales also rise by 8% year-on-year to 3.4m hectolitres, with sales in the third quarter coming in at 4% above the same period a year earlier at 1.3m hectolitres.