Heineken has reported revenue of €8,778m for the first half (H1) of 2012, up 5%, compared to revenue of €8,358m during the comparable period last year.

Net profit increased by 1.6% and decreased by 4% on organic basis to €705m, as against net profit of €694m during the first half of 2011.

Total consolidated volume was increased from 94.3 million hectolitre in the first half of 2011 to 96.9 million hectolitre in H1 2012, an increase by 2.8% or 1.6% on organic basis.

Heineken NV executive board chairman and CEO Jean-Francois van Boxmeer said the company’s focus on delivering top-line growth continues to be successful with revenue increases across all regions and market share gains in several of its key markets.

"The Heineken brand again performed strongly in the international premium segment with organic volume growth of 6%," Boxmeer added.

"Although faced with a challenging economic environment and unfavourable weather, revenue in Western Europe increased slightly in the first half of the year, whereas the Central & Eastern Europe region reported solid organic top-line growth.

"In the second half, we expect continued top-line momentum to benefit from ongoing high-impact brand marketing as well as capital investments in higher growth markets. Full year net profit (beia) is expected to be broadly in line with last year, on an organic basis."