US brewer Anheuser-Busch said domestic beers sales in 2003 were boosted by its low carbohydrate brand Michelob Ultra and from higher volumes of Bud Light.

A-B said it shipped 102.6 million barrels of beer to US wholesalers in 2003 up 0.8% on 2002.

Fourth quarter shipments to wholesalers rose 0.5%.

The brewer said it expected 2003 earnings to be about 12% to 13% higher than last year and to be 12% ahead in 2004.

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