Beer and inn company Fuller Smith & Turner has reported an increase of 2% to £73m for its turnover for the six months ended 25 September.

Its pre-tax profit increased by 7% to £8.7m, up from £8.1m for this period in 2003.

The company reported that its Beer Company performed well in a difficult market, with profits up by 8% on volumes up by 1%.

Anthony Fuller, chairman, said: “It has been a satisfactory first half with pre-tax profits up 7%. On a normalised basis, profits were up 2% to £8.2m. The Beer Company and Tenanted Inns continued to perform well and the improvement in the City and Hotels seen at the start of the year has been sustained.”

“The quality of our brands and our ability to adapt and innovate will ensure that Fuller’s continues to set the standard for others to follow.”

The company stated that London Pride has consolidated its position as the UK’s top selling premium cask ale, supported by an extensive advertising campaign, including a new TV commercial.