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Anheuser-Busch InBev Sees U.S. Volume, Revenue Slip In 2015

February 25, 2016

Despite its recent flurry of acquisition activity across the craft beer category, Anheuser-Busch InBev continues to fight an uphill battle in the U.S. market. The brewing behemoth’s U.S. volume declined 2.2% to 109 million hectoliters for the year, while revenue was down 0.7% to $13.8 billion. ABI estimated that U.S. beer industry sales to retailers decreased 0.3% in 2015, and posted a slight increase in the fourth quarter, but its own sales to retailers were down 1.7% for the year.

Both Bud Light and Budweiser saw low-single-digit U.S. declines last year, while ABI’s above-premium portfolio of Michelob Ultra, Stella Artois, Goose Island and others rose by mid single digits. ABI’s global volume slipped 0.6% to 457 million hectoliters in 2015. The company added that it expects its proposed acquisition of chief global rival SABMiller to close in the second half of this year.

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