Vodka sales account for 44.1% of alcoholic beverage sales in Russia in Q1, down from 45% in year-ago period, government says; volume down 2.8% to 330 million liters

MOSCOW , April 29, 2014 () – Russians drank less vodka, but more beer and brandy in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the same period of 2013.

The Russian Statistics Service said Tuesday that vodka sales accounted for 44.1% of alcoholic beverage sales in January-March 2014, compared to 45% in the first quarter of 2013. Vodka sales totaled 330 million liters, down 2.8% year-on-year.

The share of beer purchased grew to 38.1% from 35.8%. Beer sales increased 5.4% to 2.24 billion liters. The share of brandy purchased increased to 4.1% from 3.9%. Sales fell 1.9% to 59 million liters.

The share of wine purchased (not including sparkling wines) fell to 8.2% from 8.4%. Sales fell 3.8% to 199 million liters.

The share of sparkling wine sales increased to 2.7% from 2.5%. Sales climbed 4.3% to 70 million liters.

Russians bought 292 million liters of alcoholic beverages in the first quarter of 2014, down 0.9% year-on-year.

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