Off-trade alcohol prices fall 3.8%

The price of alcohol in off-licences and supermarkets fell by 3.8% in the 12 months to September according to CSO figures although they rose by 0.5% on the previous month, August.

The 3.8% annual off-trade price change comprised a rise of 0.2% in spirits prices coupled with a decline of 4.8% in wine prices and a 3.4% drop in beer prices.

Compared to the previous month, August, the 0.5% off-trade increase comprised a rise of 2.0% in spirits prices, a rise of 0.2% in wine prices and a rise of 0.5% in beer prices.

In the on-trade September’s prices in licensed premises rose 0.3% in the 12 months and 0.2% on the August figure.

This comprised an annual increase of 0.4% in spirits, 0.5% in wine and 0.2 % in beer. Soft drinks & mineral water prices rose 0.3% in this time.

Compared to August, September’s on-trade prices indicated an increase of 0.2% for spirits, wine and beer. Soft drinks and mineral water prices fell 0.1% in the month.

Overall alcohol prices fell by 1.1% in the 12 months to September having risen by 0.3% compared to the previous month August and by 0.2% in the three month period July to September compared to the April to June period.


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