AB InBev has reported top-line growth and strong momentum in its UK business for the third quarter.

The group said its premium lager brands and the arrival of Bud Light had boosted sales.

Globally the group saw revenue grew by 3.6% in the period, with revenue per hl growth of 5%.

Total volumes fell 1.2% with own-beer volumes down 1.5%.

In EMEA total volumes fell 0.9% while own-beer volumes declined 0.5%.

Jason Warner, president, AB InBev North Europe, said: “Our UK business is continuing its strong momentum in 2017, as shown by this quarter’s top-line growth in a soft market. We are leading the premium lager category with an unrivalled portfolio of high-performing, global brands and also having a big impact on the core lager category, which is now back in growth, largely thanks to the arrival of Bud Light earlier this year.

“Of our global brands, Stella Artois holds its position as the UK’s number-one alcohol brand and best-selling beer brand in the off-trade, followed by Budweiser, which is growing fast and is now the biggest contributor to category growth. Corona remains the best-selling world lager brand and has had a fantastic quarter, with its presence at summer festivals around the country.

“This quarter has also seen us announce a number of new products that we’re really excited about, including Old Blue Last, our beer in partnership with VICE magazine, and Budweiser Prohibition, the alcohol-free version of the ‘King of Beers’ Budweiser. Not only is it a great-tasting beer and iconic brand, but it is also a clear signal of our commitment to smart drinking, as we aim for a fifth of our global volumes to be no-alcohol or low-alcohol beer by 2025.

“The rest of the year will be important for the UK as we continue to focus on growing the category, supporting our retail and on-trade partners and exciting consumers with our plans for Christmas and 2018.”