Fuller Smith & Turner has reported a 31% increase in pre-tax profit to £10.9m and a 35% increase in sales for the six months to 30 September.

Profits at Fuller's Beer Company, which includes London Pride, increased 14% to £4.2m during the period.

“We look to the future with optimism and determination and although the second half will see more measured growth, we are well placed to continue our good performance,” said Anthony Fuller, chairman of Fuller's.