Britvic, the soft drinks group, has issued an unexpected trading update warning that the company’s full-year operating profit in Ireland is likely to be below expectations. The company said that the worsening economic conditions in Ireland and the slowdown in consumer spending had adversely impacted Britvic’s performance. The group, however, highlighted that its strong sales in Britain and internationally would offset the Irish performance, with group earnings set to be in line with expectations when it reported full-year results in November. During a meeting with investors in Dublin last night, the company said that annual synergies derived from the Irish business it purchased from C&C Group were expected to be Eu6m (£4.8m) higher than originally anticipated by September 2011. Last year when Britvic bought brands including Ballgowan water and Club fizzy drinks from C&C it had originally targeted annual synergies of Eu14m by the end of 2009.