Alcohol sales fall in Q1

Sales of alcohol in the first three months of this year were down by seven per cent according to excise receipts from the Revenue Commissioners.

This represents a reversal of the modest recovery in the alcohol market recorded last year, according to IBEC Director Kathryn D’Arcy.

“That recovery, on foot of repatriated sales from Northern Ireland, showed an increase of just over five per cent in 2010,” she stated recently, “However, this was only seen in increased wine and spirits sales in the off-trade.

“The figures for the first quarter show that beer receipts are down by 11 per cent and cider is down by almost 7.5 per cent, a reflection of the continued fall in bar sales. Spirits receipts have dropped over four per cent so far this year and wine receipts are down by five per cent.”

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