LESS BEER, HIGHER PRICES: Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, says its third-quarter profit rose as the takeover of new brands and higher selling prices offset the impact of lower sales volumes.
THE DETAILS: The company, based in Leuven, Belgium, said Thursday that net profit was up 31 percent to $2.37 billion (1.73 billion euros), from $1.81 billion in the same period last year. The gain largely reflects the company's $20 billion purchase in June of the 50 percent of Mexico's Grupo Modelo it didn't already own.
HOT BRANDS: Among the best performing brands were its flagship Budweiser beer, which increased global sales by 8.1 percent, and Corona, up 3.7 percent.
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