Export demand offset by falling sales at home

Export demand offset by falling sales at home

Leading Czech brewer Plzensky Prazdroj, owned by SABMiller, saw beer volumes fall 2% in calendar 2009, despite a rise in exports.

The group sold around 10.5m hectolitres (hl) of beer for the 12 months.

Spokesperson Jirí Marecek blamed the fall on economic recession and a lower number of foreign tourists visiting Czech Republic.

The company's domestic sales fell 4.5% on 2008 levels, to 7.55m hl.

However, exports rose by 7.5% to 3m hl, primarily due to an increase of more than 15% in licensed production abroad.

Volume falls in the US and Eastern Europe, notably Hungary and Poland, were offset by gains in France, UK and Spain.

Last year, Plzensky Prazdroj announced it would cut 6% of its workforce.

Parent group SABMiller last month reported a 1% fall in like-for-like beer volume sales in the first nine months of its fiscal year.