Soft drinks giant Britvic has reported improved trading for the 20 weeks to 3 September, despite falling sales of fizzy drinks.

In a trading update released this morning, Britvic reported branded revenue growth of 0.4% and stills growth of 7.5% for the period.

However, carbonates fell 5.8%, although Britvic said that the total carbonates market had experienced “very marginal growth”, boosted by a hot July, the World Cup and promotional activity.

It added that in stills, growth had been driven by new product launches and a solid performance in adult and juice drinks.

Paul Moody, chief executive of Britvic, said: “We have achieved an improved performance in the 20 week period, particularly with the important faster growing stills market.”

He added: “Although the trading environment within carbonates remains competitive, our improved performance means we anticipate that the outturn for the year will be towards the top end of the range of current market expectations.”