Brewer SABMiller's full-year pre-tax profit to March 31 rose 23% to $2.941bn on sales up 19% to $15.307bn.

Meyer Kahn, chairman of SABMiller, said: “This was another strong year of good growth in volumes, margins and earnings reflecting the growth profile that the group has built over the years.”

He added: “Looking forward, a key focus will be on ensuring that we continue to nurture and build brands which are the first choice of consumers.”