UK's Scotch whisky market falls 3% in 2013, industry body says; number of 70cl bottles released for sale in region fall 2.8% year-over-year last year to 87.5 million
LONDON , March 16, 2014 (Business Monitor International) – News: The UK's Scotch whisky market reported a 3% decline in 2013, following which the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has strengthened its call to scrap an 'unfair' super tax on spirits. The number of 70cl bottles of Scotch whisky released for sale in the UK dropped to 87.5mn in 2013, compared with 90mn in 2012. According to the SWA, the Alcohol Duty Escalator (ADE) initiated in 2008 is damaging the UK's whisky industry, which it described as 'vital to the economy', as it supports about 35,000 jobs in the UK. The SWA says that the ADE has resulted in the tax on Scotch whisky rising 44% in five years and leading to 79% of the average priced bottle of Scotch to now be made up of tax and value added tax (VAT).