Carlsberg has reported an 8% increase in first-half sales to 30 June of DKK19.3bn (£1.74bn), thanks to hot weather and the World Cup.

The Danish brewer also said that operating profit increased 30% to DKK1,722m during the period.

It added that in the UK there had been “positive development” in the off-trade with progress for both the Carlsberg and Carlsberg Export brands.