InBev, the world’s leading brewer by volume, has reported a 23.2% increase in its operating profit to Eu817m (£555.39m) for the second quarter of 2006, compared to the same period last year. Revenue rose 8.3% to Eu3.4bn, while global beer volumes grew by 5.7%, driven by strong growth in Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe. Volumes increased by 2.4% in Western Europe, on a “relatively soft quarter” in the previous year, driven by sales growth in Belgium, Germany and the UK. Beer volumes in the UK increased by 3.5%, however the company said that its plans to improve its business performance in the UK “still had some way to”. The company also saw volumes increase across all four of its global brands – Stella Artois, Becks, Brahma and Leffe.