Asahi Breweries Ltd. hit record highs both in sales and pretax profits for the first half of this year, thanks to the continued popularity of Super Dry brand products, according to a financial statement released Friday.

Asahi’s unconsolidated sales increased 4.2 percent to hit 478.2 billion yen for the January-June period, with pretax profits of 22.1 billion yen, up 19.9 percent from the same period last year.

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