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SABMiller PLC - Trading Update

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SABMiller PLC
12 April 2006


                          SABMiller plc Trading Update


London and Johannesburg, 12 April 2006.  SABMiller plc today issued the
following update on trading for the 12 months to 31 March 2006.

The group recorded good organic growth of 5% in lager volumes for the 12 months
to 31 March 2006, and group financial performance was in line with management's
expectations.  The calculation of organic growth rates excludes volumes for our
new South America business, which became part of the group in October 2005.

Miller's domestic sales to retailers ('STR's) were 1.0% below prior year, in a
relatively weak industry trading and pricing environment over the 12 months.
Our flagship brand Miller Lite continued to grow, despite cycling higher
year-on-year comparables and aggressive pricing by the main competitor brand.

South America lager volumes for the six months to 31 March were 7% above the
prior year, on a pro forma basis, in line with our expectations at the time of
the transaction. This reflects continued good growth in Colombia, and a
particularly strong volume performance in Peru in competitive market conditions.
In Central America, carbonated soft drink volumes have grown by 6%, but beer
volumes were down by 5%, as a result of the ongoing impact of the discriminatory
increase in excise on beer in El Salvador during 2005.

In Europe, lager volumes grew by 5% on an organic basis, with strong
performances from Poland, Russia and Romania throughout the year.

The Africa and Asia business has recorded further good growth, with robust
growth in China driving an increase in organic lager volume, on a comparable
basis, of 14% for the year.

Volumes in South Africa were impacted by both the absence of an Easter trading
period in the financial year and challenging prior year comparables. The summer
weather was poorer than in recent years, and this particularly affected soft
drink volumes. Beer volumes grew by 1% (after adjusting for the transfer of
Angola sales volumes to Africa and Asia), and within this the premium sector of
the market continued to perform strongly. Soft drink volumes grew by some 4%.


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Notes to editors


SABMiller

SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests or
distribution agreements in over 60 countries across five continents. The group's
brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni
Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market
leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest
bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.

In the year ended 31 March 2005, the group reported US$2,194 million pre-tax
profit and a turnover of US$14,543 million on a UK GAAP basis.  SABMiller plc is
listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

This announcement is available on the company website: www.sabmiller.com

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Enquiries:
                    SABMiller plc                       Tel: +44 20 7659 0100

Sue Clark           Director of Corporate Affairs       Tel: +44 20 7659 0184

Gary Leibowitz      Senior Vice President, Investor     Tel: +44 20 7659 0174
                    Relations

Nigel Fairbrass     Head of Media Relations             Tel: +44 20 7659 0105


This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the
solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire securities of SABMiller plc (the
'Company') or any of its affiliates in any jurisdiction or an inducement to
enter into investment activity.

This document includes 'forward-looking statements'.  These statements may
contain the words 'anticipate', 'believe', 'intend', 'estimate', 'expect' and
words of similar meaning.  All statements other than statements of historical
facts included in this announcement, including, without limitation, those
regarding the Company's financial position, business strategy, plans and
objectives of management for future operations (including development plans and
objectives relating to the Company's products and services) are forward-looking
statements.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based on
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
any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this
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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