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A-B’s Volume Slips In First Half

July 31, 2013

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s U.S. sales-to-retailers were down 3.8% in the first half of 2013 on the influence of poor weather and continued pressure on consumers’ disposable income. Sales-to-wholesalers were also down in the second quarter by 1.7%. The group’s U.S. beer-only revenue per hectoliter grew 3.9% for its second quarter, and was up 4% in the half-year period, due to price increases taken in the fourth quarter of 2012, as well as a favorable brand mix and recent innovations, including Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita, Bud Light Lime Straw-Ber-Rita and Budweiser Black Crown. On a global basis, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s revenue was up 3.9% to $10.59 billion in the second quarter and up 2.7% to $19.76 billion in the half-year, while total volume in the six-month period was down 2.6%.

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