SABMiller PLC SAB SABMiller bucks a declining UK beer market

  SABMiller PLC (SAB) - SABMiller bucks a declining UK beer market

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22 November 2012

                  SABMiller bucks a declining UK beer market

SABMiller announces that its  UK subsidiary, Miller  Brands UK, has  delivered 
another strong period of lager volume growth during its first half year ending
30 September 2012. Against the backdrop  of a declining UK beer market  (total 
beer volumes fell by  4.6% to the  end of September^1)  Miller Brands UK  grew 
domestic volumes by 5% in  the half with the  performance being led by  strong 
sales of Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

Total Peroni volumes in the UK grew by  mid single digits and the brand had  a 
particularly strong  half  in the  on-premise  draught channel  where  volumes 
increased at more than double that  rate. The business also more than  doubled 
volumes of Kozel, which is a 4% ABV  Czech pilsner launched in the UK in  2010 
and is available exclusively on draught in this country.

A further indication of  Miller Brands' commitment  to supporting the  British 
pub industry is evidenced  by the strong results  of Pilsner Urquell  draught, 
which has delivered  double digit  growth versus the  previous year  following 
extensive investment in on-trade promotions over the period.

Miller Brands Managing Director, Gary Haigh, says:

"Our growth in the on-premise draught channel, led by Peroni, is  particularly 
pleasing and represents a bright spot in an otherwise challenging  environment 
for the UK beer industry.  Despite the British weather  this summer, we had  a 
good first  half  and our  performance  demonstrates the  resilience  of  high 
quality, premium brands as far as the UK consumer is concerned."



^1 Source: Neilsen. Volumes recorded on a moving annual total (MAT) basis.

Notes to editors

Overview of SABMiller

SABMiller plc is one of  the world's leading brewers  with more than 200  beer 
brands and some 70,000 employees in over 75countries. The group's  portfolio 
includes global brands such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro,  Miller 
Genuine Draft and  Grolsch; as  well as leading  local brands  such as  Aguila 
(Colombia), Castle (South Africa), Miller  Lite (USA), Snow (China),  Victoria 
Bitter (Australia)  and  Tyskie (Poland).  SABMiller  also has  growing  soft 
drinks businesses and  is one  of the  world's largest  bottlers of  Coca-Cola 

In the year ended 31 March 2012  the group reported EBITA of US$5,634  million 
and group revenue of US$31,388 million. SABMiller plc is listed on the  London 
and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

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Miller Brands is the UK and Ireland subsidiary of SABMiller, one of the
world's largest brewers. Miller Brands has responsibility for the development
of SABMiller's international premium brands across the UK and Ireland; these
include Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Miller Genuine Draft.
Through its consistent pricing and distribution discipline, supplemented by
engaging marketing activities, Miller Brands is bringing value back into the
beer category. More information can be found at


SABMiller plc
t: +44 20 7659 0100

Richard Farnsworth
Business Media Relations Manager
SABMiller plc
t: +44 20 7659 0188

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