Brussels (AFP) -
The world's top brewer AB InBev said Thursday that it enjoyed its best quarter of the year as sales volumes rose, triggering a jump in profits.
While surging inflation has been putting pressure on consumers everywhere, the maker of Budweiser and Corona beers still managed to boost its sales volumes in the July-September quarter.
The 3.7-percent volume growth compared to the same period last year helped drive a 12.1-percent increase in sales revenue to $15.09 billion.
The company called it the 'best quarterly volume performance this year'.
Net profit soared 62 percent to $1.63 billion.
'We continue to see strong consumer demand for our portfolio and a resilient beer category as we navigate the dynamic operating environment,' chief executive Michel Doukeris said in a statement.
The Belgium-headquartered company, which also makes Beck's and Stella Artois, boosted the lower end of its annual earnings outlook.
It now expects 2022 operating profits 'to grow between 6-8 percent'.
Sales revenue should grow at a faster rate 'from a healthy combination of volume and price' increases, it added.