Irish drinks manufacturer C&C Group has said it expects full-year sales growth of 25% and its operating margin to increase by six percentage points, thanks to a strong performance from its cider division.

Turnover growth in its cider division for the year to 28 February is expected to be in excess of 80% because of the strong volume growth from its cider brands Magners and Bulmers, the group said in a trading update.

Volume growth for Magners was 225% for the year, helped by exceptional summer weather in the first half, it added.

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