Fuller Smith & Turner, the pub operator and maker of London Pride, has announced a 2% rise in sales at its brewing arm for the past six months.

Fuller’s Beer Company said sales for the six months to 27 September had risen to £30.9m, although profits dipped 3% to £3.4m.

Total sales for the group, meanwhile, inched up by 1% to £94.4m, while pre-tax profits fell by 6% to £12m.

“Our performance has been resilient in what has been a challenging period for the industry,” said Fuller's chairman Michael Turner.

Meanwhile, pub operator Young’s – which in 2006 closed its Ram Brewery in Wandsworth – notched up a 3.7% rise in sales for the past six months to £66.3m.

“The effect of the poor summer weather was compounded by the twin pressures of the economic slowdown… and dramatic increases in operating costs,” said chief executive Stephen Goodyear. “Against this backdrop, Young’s has shown its mettle.”