Heineken has reported a double-digit decline in UK volumes in the third quarter.

It said trade had continued to be affected by the partial de-listing at a large customer.

Total beer volumes were up 11.1% during the period with growth of 33.5% in the Americas, largely due to acquisitions, but a 2.8% drop in Europe

The group said the cooler summer weather had been one of the main reasons for the sluggish sales in Europe.

Chief executive Jean-François van Boxmeer said: “Performance in the third quarter was solid, with an acceleration of organic volume growth in Asia Pacific and Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. Growth in Asia Pacific continued to be driven by Vietnam and Cambodia whilst in Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe, the main contributors were Russia, Ethiopia and South Africa. In the Americas, Mexico continued to deliver, and weaker volumes in the US were offset by growth coming from Brazil.

“Europe had to face tough comparatives, partly due to less favourable weather in some key markets. During the period we completed the acquisition of Punch Securitisation A. Our full year expectations remain unchanged.”