Carlsberg Breweries said it retains its outlook of a 15% increase in full-year profit, compared to the 10% predicted by analysts.

For the full-year ending December 31 2002 the Danish brewer said it expected growth in operating profit of 15% year-on-year and a sales growth of 10% year-on-year.

Analysts polled by RB-Boersen had forecast a 10% increase in operating profit to DKK3.6bn.

The group posted a first half operating profit of DKK1.8bn compared to DKK1.351bn the year earlier, in line with the DKK1.8bn predicted by analysts.