Heineken starts year on solid ground

Brussels – Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, sold far more beer than expected in the first quarter, helped by growth in Vietnam, the Chinese New Year and an earlier Easter bringing forward sales in Europe and the Americas.

The brewer of Heineken, Europe’s top lager, Tiger and Sol retained its full-year forecast, but said currency developments continued to weigh on results and warned of difficulties in Nigeria due to the lower oil price.