Scottish & Newcastle the international brewing company, has reported strong sales for the first nine months of the year despite poor summer weather.

Volumes for the company’s four top beer and cider brands, which are; Foster’s, Kronenbourg 1664, John Smith’s and Strongbow; were up by 5% in the UK for the year to date and this was achieved with no additional discounting.

In France volumes in July and August were lower than in 2003 overall but demand for Kronenbourg’s premium brands continued to gain share.