Scottish & Newcastle best known for its John Smith's, Kronenbourg and Newcastle Brown Ale beer brands in the UK is comfortable with its full-year target of £520m in pre-tax profit.

S&N repeated its outlook after sales to date of its five best-selling beer brands, which also includes Foster's, rose 3% with domestic retail like-for-like sales up 1%.

S&N issued the statement ahead of discussions with analysts and confirmed that half year figures to October 27 would be published on December 3.