Shares in SABMiller rose 85p to finish on 1,309p yesterday amid rumours that InBev could be interested in buying the brewer if its plans to buy Anheuser-Busch fail.

Following Carlsberg and Heineken's takeover of Scottish & Newcastle earlier this year, SABMiller was the next potential consolidation candidate in the sector, analysts said.

Reports in the weekend press suggested InBev was considering making a $46bn (£23.2bn) bid for rival brewer Anheuser-Busch and was currently working on a takeover deal.