Asahi Shipped Most Beer In Jan-Sept


TOKYO (NQN) - Asahi Breweries Ltd. (2502) shipped the most beer and beerlike beverages in the January-September period among Japanese brewers, gaining a 37.2% market share, according to a report five major breweries released Wednesday.

Asahi Breweries regained the top spot for the first time in two years, overtaking Kirin Holdings Co. (2503) unit Kirin Brewery by 0.2 of a percentage point.

Strong sales of mainstay product Super Dry buoyed Asahi Breweries' shipments.

During the nine-month period, the Japanese beer industry saw overall shipment volume fall 2.5% on the year. The reading hit the lowest level since the data began being compiled in the current format in 1992.

But in the July-September quarter -- the busiest season for brewers -- overall shipments rose for the first time in six years, up 1.0% on the year, due to this year's scorching summer heat.