The growing strength of Kronenbourg 1664 has been highlighted in Scottish and Newcastle's interim results. In July the company formed a partnership with Danone's Kronenbourg beer business. Chairman Brian Stewart said volume sales of Kronenbourg grew by 23%. S&N's pretax profit was up 8% to £241m on turnover up 28% to £2.1bn. Operating profit from its beer business increased 40%, but the gloss was taken off by a poor performance by its pubs. Stewart said the severe weather in November affected sales and added: "The performance of the on-trade continues to be below our expectations." During the period advertising on key brands including Foster's and John Smith's increased 13%. {{NEWS }}