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UK beer volumes down by 3%, says Carlsberg

Danish brewer Carlsberg said it sold less beer in the UK last year as the wash-out summer offset a boost from Euro 2012 football and the Diamond Jubilee.

The group said UK volumes declined 3% in 2012.

Overall profits were flat at £1.1bn, even though its sponsorship of the Premier League helped drive an 8% surge in Carlsberg volumes in premium markets.

Despite losing out to competitors in supermarkets, it increased its UK share to 15.3% because of a "particularly good performance" in pubs, bars and restaurants.

Belfast Telegraph