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News Date: 21/4/2015 3:33 PM
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By Liam Walsh - Herald Sun (VIC Metropolitan, 18 May 2007)

IMPENDING smoking bans in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia could reduce on-tap beer sales in pubs, brewer Lion Nathan warned yesterday.

The caution came after Lion Nathan reported bans in Queensland helped whittle down drinking of on-tap beer in licensed premises by more than 6 per cent.

While some people were shifting to takeaway beer, the result marks the latest reported impact of bans.

A fall in gaming giant Tabcorp's revenues was similarly partly linked to smoking bans affecting casinos.

In its half-year results presentation yesterday, Lion Nathan also warned of cost increases for aluminium and drought-affected barley crops.

Lion Nathan lifted the bottom-end of operating profit guidance from $245 million to $250 million, saying consistent earnings were being produced.

The upper result would be roughly flat against last year's $257.4 million result.

Its overall half-year profit of $162 million was up 8.8 per cent and included a one-off $9.5 million tax gain.

Lion Nathan shares rose 8 to $9.15. Shareholders will receive a 19c fully franked dividend, the same as in the previous corresponding period.

Australian sales were boosted 8 per cent as Lion Nathan spends an extra $40 million annually to promote more profitable beers such as XXXX Gold without getting into a price war with market leader Foster's Group.

In New Zealand, where Lion Nathan is the biggest brewer, earnings fell 4.3 per cent as a lower currency reduced the value of earnings in Australian dollars.

Earnings from the wine unit rose 26 per cent to $6.7 million. | End

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