Russian vodka and liquor sales up 2.3% year-over-year to 1.28 billion liters in first 10 months of 2012, according to government statistics; beer sales rise 4.5% to 8.8 billion liters

MOSCOW , November 30, 2012 () – Russians prefer hard alcohol and beer to wine and low-alcohol beverages, and January-October saw vodka and liquor sales rise 2.3% to 1.281 billion liters and beer sales up 4.5% to 8.882 billion liters, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) reported.

Vodka and beer command a large share of the alcohol market, with vodka and liquor products (by pure alcohol) commanding 49.7% of the January-October sales market and beer 32.7%.

Cognac sales were also up 8% to 98 million liters over the ten months, though cognac commanded only 3.9% of the market.

Russians bought less grape and fruit wines in January-October. Sales of these products slipped 1.1% to 774 million liters during the period. Sales of low-alcohol drinks dropped 4.2% to 245 million liters.

But sales of sparkling wines and champagnes increased 4.3% to 216 million liters.

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