C&C Group, the Irish maker of Magners, has this morning revealed sales down 10% at its cider business. In a trading statement for the four months to 30 June, the company said that cider revenue had declined in both Great Britain and Ireland, reflecting weak market conditions, particularly in the on-trade. In particular, it was hit by a poor month’s trading in June after a broadly satisfactory three months from March. It said: “A weak trading performance in June together with continuing unsettled weather and a deteriorating economic backdrop in C&C’s principal markets makes the outlook uncertain.” The group said that it did not expect revenues in the six months to 31 August to equal those achieved last year but that improved operating margins would offset the impact of declining sales on operating profits. C&C said group operating profit was up on last year. While cider revenues were down, sales from spirits and liqueurs were up 3%. The group will issue a six-month trading update at the end of August and publish interim results in October.