Irn-Bru maker AG Barr’s pre-tax profits soared by almost 20% in the six months to 1 August.

The soft drinks supplier said that although the now infamous 'barbecue summer' failed to materialise, it had benefited from better year-on-year weather.

Chief executive Roger White reported strong performances from all its carbonate brands and the Rubicon exotic fruit juice business it bought in August 2008.

The company reported pre-tax profits of £13.5m, up 19.5%. Total sales were up 27.1% to £104.7m compared to the same period last year. Like-for-likes, stripping out the Rubicon acquisition, were up 11.5%.

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