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Brewing giant's profits go flat

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  • Cited takeover of Anheuser-Busch by InBev last year as major cause
  • Profits fell to €49 million ($61 million) from €900 million a year earlier
  • Belgium-based company said it would focus on reducing its costs
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(CNN) -- The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced Thursday that its fourth quarter profit plunged by 95 percent.

Anheuser-Busch InBev produces iconic beer brands including Stella, Becks and Budweiser.

Anheuser-Busch InBev produces iconic beer brands including Stella, Becks and Budweiser.

The Belgium-based group, created in November by InBev's takeover of U.S. rival Anheuser-Busch, cited the cost of restructuring its business as the major factor in the slump.

In a press statement, AB InBev said its profits fell to €49 million ($61 million) from €900 million for the same period a year earlier. However, total revenues were up by 35 percent to €5.2 billion ($6.5 billion) from €3.9 billion.

The company said it would focus on reducing costs following last year's $52 billion deal.

AB InBev, which produces products including Budweiser and Stella Artois, has already shed around 2,400 jobs from its Anheuser-Busch operation in the United States.

Further savings would be made by cutting another $500 million from U.S. operations this year and in reducing overall capital spending by $1 billion.

The company added that "as a result of missing targets in 2008, the CEO (Carlos Brito) and most members of our Executive Board of Management will not receive a bonus this year."

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