Scotland business

Brewer Greene King celebrates Belhaven sales

beer glasses in pub (pictured courtesy of beergenie.co.uk)
Image caption Profits at the Dunbar brewer Belhaven are up 77% since it was acquired in 2005

The brewery and pubs group Greene King said profits from Belhaven were up 77% since it acquired the company in 2005.

In the last financial year volumes from Dunbar-based Belhaven grew by 2.2%.

However the parent company warned it expected another "testing year" as high inflation and government cutbacks drained drinkers' wallets.

Overall Greene King's full-year pre-tax profit was £140m, up 14% from a year ago and sales for the same period were up 6% passing the £1bn mark.

Greene King said it had now fully integrated Belhaven into the parent company and it expected this to deliver cost savings of £1m a year.

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