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SABMiller PLC - Trading Statement

RNS Number:1020K
23 March 2005

Ref: 07/2005

                    SABMiller plc March Trading Update

London and Johannesburg, 23 March 2005.  SABMiller plc today issued the
following update on trading for the 11 months to February 2005, as the group's
financial year nears completion.

The group has recorded organic lager volume growth of over 4% for the 11 months
to February 2005. Group financial performance remains in line with our
expectations as communicated at the time of our interim announcement.

Miller's domestic sales to retailers (STRs) were 0.9% above prior year for the
11 months. Miller Lite sales have continued to grow, albeit at a slower rate as
a result of cycling higher year-on-year comparables and a weak industry trading
environment. Domestic shipments to wholesalers (STWs) were in line with STRs for
the 11 months.

In Central America, tougher market conditions and an increase in excise on beer
in El Salvador contributed to carbonated soft drink volumes being down 7% for
the year to date, and beer volumes down by 1%.

In Europe, organic lager volume growth for the year to date was almost 5%, with
continuing strong performance from Poland, Russia and Romania being partially
offset by weakness in Italy, Hungary and Slovakia.

The Africa and Asia business has continued to record good growth, with an
increase in organic lager volume, on a year to date comparable basis, of almost

Beer South Africa volumes grew by 4% on a year to date comparable basis, whilst
ABI achieved a volume growth of 7%. South African volume growth was supported by
continuing robust consumer spending.


Notes to Editors

SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with 2003/04 lager volumes
in excess of 137 million hectolitres.  It has a brewing presence in over 40
countries across four continents and a portfolio of strong brands and leading
market shares in many of the countries in which it has brewing operations.
Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola
products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2004, the group generated US$1,391 million pre-tax
profit from a turnover of US$12,645 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the
London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.


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'Company') or any of its affiliates in any jurisdiction or an inducement to
enter into investment activity.

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future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
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numerous assumptions regarding the Company's present and future business
strategies and the environment in which the Company will operate in the future.
These forward-looking statements speak only as at the date of this announcement.
The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate
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announcement to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard
thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such
statement is based.

Any information contained in this announcement on the price at which the
Company's securities have been bought or sold in the past, or on the yield on
such securities, should not be relied upon as a guide to future performance.

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