Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Booze Sales Up in 2010-2011 Fiscal Year, with Beer Still the Favourite: StatsCan: Booze Sales Rose in 2010-2011 Fiscal Year

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Booze Sales Up in 2010-2011 Fiscal Year, with Beer Still the Favourite: StatsCan: Booze Sales Rose in 2010-2011 Fiscal Year

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OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says beer and liquor stores sold $20.3 billion worth of alcoholic beverages in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, up two per cent from the previous year.

And the agency says beer remains the favourite tipple for Canadians, although per-capita sales of 80.3 litres per person in 2011 were down from 85.6 litres in 2000.

The growth in alcohol sales reflected a number of factors, including increased sales of imported wine and spirits as well as an overall increase of 0.4 per cent in the prices of spirits, wine and beer.

In terms of litres of absolute alcohol, the volume of sales decreased 0.5 per cent to 228.4 million litres.

Although beer remained the drink of choice, by both volume and dollar value, its dominance continued to decline as consumers turned more to wine.

In 2000, beer had a market share of 52 per cent by dollar value, while wine had 23 per cent.. By 2011, the market share for beer had slipped to 45 per cent, while wine accounted for 30 per cent. …

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