The division said that net sales in the six months to the end of September were up by 8.5%. In the second quarter, sales increased by 6%.
The ‘Prestige and Above’ brands, which represents 39% of total volumes, reported an increase in net sales of 16% in the first half and volume growth of 7%. USL said the segment was positively impacted by the Diageo portfolio integration, especially in the second quarter.
The relaunch of the Royal Challenge brand had a positive impact on net sales, according to USL, as volumes grew 49% in the first half.
Popular segment volume declined 5% in the second quarter, “largely as a result of specific temporary challenge around Haywards in Karnataka”. Despite this, overall Popular segment net sales growth remained positive versus last year.
Anand Kripalu, CEO, commenting on the six month ended 30 September 2015, said: “Our F16 half year results are starting to show the dividends of our comprehensive strategic plan focused behind our power brands with a clear prioritised geographical participation strategy.”