Kirin Brewery Co has raised its operating profit forecasts. The brewer credited a strong performance from Lion Nathan and other subsidiaries for the move.

Despite a fall in beer sales on its domestic market, a Kirin spokesman was quoted by Dow Jones saying: "We can now expect a (group) operating profit close to JPY110bn."

Kirin had previously forecast operating profits of JPY106bn.

The Japanese company has been boosted by the profits at Kirin Beverage Corporation and Australasian beer and wine group Lion Nathan Ltd, in which Kirin holds a 46% stake.

These two business arms have helped balance the continuing weakness of the domestic beer division, which has seen falling sales.