FILED OCTOBER 31, 2014A-B's U.S. sales to retailers were down 1.9% (selling-day adjusted) in the third quarter and down 1.8% YTD. Sales to wholesalers were down 3.7% in the quarter, and down 1.8% YTD. The relative softness is due to their completed wholesaler inventory reductions and expect STWs and STRs to converge for full year.
FILED OCTOBER 30, 2014Lots of opinions on what ABI's next move will be, but this analyst thinks a Coke deal is unlikely. "Unless somehow SABMiller is off the table or Warren Buffett changes his stripes, we think it is highly unlikely that an ABI/KO transaction will occur in the next several years."