East African Breweries, the Kenyan brewer, saw after-tax profit rise 15% in the first half of the financial year as its regional expansion plans progressed.

Gross turnover for the period climbed 6.9% to 13.9bn Kenyan shillings (£113m) from a previous 13.0bn shillings.

The company said its earnings per share increased to 8.29 shillings (6.74p) in the six months to December from 7.19 shillings the same period the previous year.

The dividend for the period rose to 2.25 shillings a share from a previous 2.00 shillings per share.

EABL said the increase in profits was due to strong growth at its Ugandan operation and marginally higher sales in its main Kenyan market.

The company is 50%-owned by Diageo, owner of Guinness, and has operations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.