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Tense Russian market hurts Danish brewer Carlsberg's earnings in first quarter

Carlsberg beer cans are pictured in Hamburg, Germany in 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Philipp Guelland/dapd

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Carlsberg beer cans are pictured in Hamburg, Germany in 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Philipp Guelland/dapd

COPENHAGEN - Danish brewer Carlsberg says uncertainty in its vast Russian market led to a loss of 67 million kroner ($12.49 million) in the first quarter of 2014.

Last year, the net profit was of 62 million kroner for the three month period ending March 31.

Revenue grew slightly to 12.9 billion kroner ($2.4 billion), from 12.7 billion kroner. Organic beer volumes for the group dropped 3 per cent.

Carlsberg said Wednesday "eastern Europe is having a further negative impact on the economies and consumer sentiment and consequently, we now assume that the Russian market will decline mid-single-digit."

The group said it expected the results "to be impacted more negatively by currencies than previously anticipated."

Carlsberg shares were flat at 533.50 kroner in afternoon trading in Copenhagen.

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