Scottish and Newcastle has reported a 12% increase in half-year pre-tax profit to 30 June of £187m, on sales up 6% at £1,994m.

The brewer added that its UK business had outperformed the market during the period, thanks to the recent hot weather and the World Cup.

Its market share in the UK increased 0.6%, within a beer and cider market that increased by 2.8%.

S&N estimated that the World Cup added 2% to the beer and cider market growth during the period.

Tony Froggatt, chief executive of S&N, said: “While the UK will continue to be competitive and regulations such as the smoking ban will bring new challenges, we believe that we can continue to outperform the market.”

S&N added that it expected to achieve full-year results in line with market expectations.