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A man walks near the entrance of Anheuser-Busch InBev headquarters in Leuven March 3, 2011.
A man walks near the entrance of Anheuser-Busch InBev headquarters in Leuven March 3, 2011.
(Yves Herman/Reuters)

FINANCIAL TIMES

Sports in Brazil, margin control in U.S. boost AB InBev

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Brazil’s footballers triumphed over Spain in the final of the Fifa Confederations Cup in Rio de Janeiro in June. The crowds roared, and then drank lots of beer. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA was happy, too. As Wednesday’s second-quarter numbers from the brewer showed, a recovery in Brazilian volumes drove second-quarter revenue growth and boosted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation by 6 per cent from a year earlier. The shares rose 7 per cent.