SABMiller sees sales sink lower

World number two brewer SABMiller saw beer sales dip slightly in the six months to September as the global slowdown hit demand, with declines in Europe offset by double-digit growth in China. The London-based maker of Miller Lite, Peroni and Grolsch said half-year underlying sales volumes fell 1 per cent, with a 12 per cent rise in the world’s biggest beer market China cushioning dips in Europe, Latin America and South Africa.