Britvic, the soft drinks group, has reported a 29.9% growth in revenue, but warned that on-trade sales were under pressure as more people decided to save money and drink at home. The group, which saw revenues increase to £690m for the 40 weeks to 6 July, said that it had seen a further deterioration in pub sales and that it anticipated that conditions in the licensed on-premise market would remain challenging. Paul Moody, Britvic’s chief executive, said: “Our strong presence with many of the leading pub operators has provided us with a good platform to outperform the market. “However, we anticipate that conditions in the licensed on-premise market will remain challenging.” Britvic said that its still drink volumes in Britain had outperformed the market, with growth of 7.8%, as a result of strong sales of brands including Gatorade and Robinsons. Carbonated drinks sales also enjoyed a 2.6% rise, driven by a strong performance from Pepsi, which Britvic has the rights to sell in the UK and Ireland. The figures included a contribution of £147.2m from Britvic Ireland, following the acquisition of the soft drinks arm of C&C Group, the Irish cidermaker, last year. The company said that it was confident of meeting market forecasts for full-year earnings, with market expectations for pre-tax full-year profits ranging from between £66.8m to 71m. It pointed out that it expected further increases in raw materials and energy costs, which it predicts will rise by 4.5% over the full year. Moody said: “This is another period of encouraging top-line growth in which our strong and resilient brand portfolio has performed very well in spite of continued challenging trading conditions. “Looking forwards, although we anticipate rising input and energy cost pressures, our strong focus on cost control allows us to remain confident about the delivery of earnings in line with market expectations for the current year.”