Interbrew said volumes of its Stella Artois lager rose 13.8% during the UK’s hot summer.

The Belgian brewer said volumes of Tennent’s lager were ahead 7.6% but the brands continued to be under pricing pressure both in the off-trade and on-trade.

Interbrew posted a 1.5% drop in net turnover for the first nine months of the year to 5.24bn euros from 5.32bn euros last year.

In Germany, volumes of Beck’s increased 8.3% and Hasseröda by 5.5%.

The group said the beer market was "sluggish" in the US. Volumes of Beck’s fell 8.2%, although the company said this was an improvement on the brand’s 12.7% decline over the first half.

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