Stella Artois experienced double-digit growth in the UK, while Beck's in Germany outperformed the industry even with its premium pricing, Interbrew said yesterday.

In North America, Interbrew said it experienced firm volume growth and in the United States it continued to outperform the import segment. Rolling Rock shipments increased by 5.4% in the third quarter, while Beck's shipments were up 4.4%.

The company said it expected to post a 2002 profit of Eu1.50 per share before goodwill and restructuring costs.