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Off-trade prices for alcohol down 3.3 per cent to November

Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco prices in the off-trade declined 3.3 per cent in November when compared to November ’09 and by 1.0 per cent compared to the previous month, October 2010, according to CSO figures published recently.

Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco prices in the off-trade declined 3.3 per cent in November when compared to November ’09 and by 1.0 per cent compared to the previous month, October 2010, according to CSO figures published recently.

This compares to an increase of 2.7 per cent in the 12 months to November ’09.

The price of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco fell due to lower prices for spirits and wine sold in off-licences and supermarkets, reports the CSO.

Alcohol prices themselves decreased by 2.4 per cent in the month comprising decreases of 6.0 per cent for Spirits, 1.7 per cent for Wine & Cider and 1.0 per cent for Beer.

However the CSO reports price increases in the on-trade for Soft Drinks & Mineral Waters of 0.2 per cent in November over the previous month, October 2010.

Consumer prices generally increased by 0.6 per cent in November compared with November ’09 and decreased by 0.1 per cent compared to the previous month, October.

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