Soft drink manufacturer AG Barr is closing its factory in Atherton, Greater Manchester, by early 2007.

The company said that it would move production to its other two factories in Cumbernauld and Mansfield and invest £6.5m in the sites.

The group revealed full-year pre-tax profit up 10% to £17.9m on turnover up 1.2% to £128.8m.