Austrian drinks group, BBAG, reported operating earnings for 2001 of €68.4m (US$61.90m), 35.4% higher than last year and a record for the company. Pre-tax profits rose by 26.9% to €57.7m, while net profit increased by 20.8% to €18.4m. Sales revenues at BBAG, which has beer and soft drinks operations as well as property interests, were 17.9% higher at €1.1 billion.