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Carlsberg Lifts Guidance As Beer Sales Recover In Europe And China

Danish brewer Carlsberg raised its full-year profit guidance after reporting third-quarter revenue slightly above expectations, helped by a recovery of beer sales in Europe and China.

The world's third-largest brewer now expects operating profit to grow by between 10% and 12% this year, up from 8-11% previously.

"We're satisfied with the value and volume growth in the third quarter," chief executive Cees 't Hart said in a statement. "It is encouraging that many beer markets in Europe are recovering from the pandemic."

'Positive Trajectory'

Sales in China continued a "positive trajectory", while beer markets in Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore declined due to coronavirus lockdown measures, Carlsberg said.

The announcement comes after rival Heineken reported a steeper than expected decline in third-quarter beer sales earlier on Wednesday.

The Dutch brewer said that Asia-Pacific sales were down more than a third after COVID-19 restrictions cut volumes.

Quarterly Performance

Carlsberg increased organic sales by 7% in the quarter, beating analyst expectations of 6%, helped by 13% growth in Asia.

Third-quarter sales rose 14% to DKK 19.74 billion ($3.09 billion), compared with 19.31 billion forecast by analysts in a poll compiled by the company.

Shares in Carlsberg have risen 10% since the beginning of the year and were up 0.8% on the day at 11:43 GMT.

The company said it would launch its fourth quarterly share buyback programme this year on Thursday amounting to DKK 1.25 billion.

Carlsberg Group has signed the World Federation of Advertisers' (WFA) Planet Pledge – a global commitment to making marketing teams a force for positive change both internally and by inspiring consumers to act.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. For more Drinks news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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