Drinks group C&C has said that while competitive pressures remain in Ireland, it expects its performance to improve here next year.

In a trading update, C&C said its Bulmers cider brand saw an increase in volumes and its share of the off-trade market.

The company also said that revenues and profits in Ireland were negatively impacted by reduced volumes in its wholesale business and the reversion of some customers to direct supply from AB InBev.

In Scotland, C&C said that Tennent's outperformed the overall UK beer market and its net sales are expected to be up by 3% for the full year. 

The company's wholesale business is also performing well with volumes up 2%.

But it said the introduction of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland this year may result in some short-term market disruption.

C&C said its expanded distribution deal with AB InBev for its cider portfolio in the UK gathered momentum in the second half of the year, with Magners up 9% in the second half of the year. 

Overall, the company said its group operating profit is anticipated to be around €86m for the full year, with Admiral Taverns contributing an additional €1.1m to earnings.