Sales up at Swedish state liquor stores

Sales up at Swedish state liquor stores
Sales at Sweden's state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget, measured in terms of the amount of goods sold, increased by 9.2 percent in the first seven months of 2009 compared to the same period last year.

Alcohol-free drinks accounted for the largest increase, up 16.9 percent on the same period last year.

Sales of wine also saw a sharp rise of 10.9 percent, followed by strong beer at 7.6 percent, and spirits at 6.6 percent.

Systembolaget said in a statement that its sales have been on the increase for some time, a development that could be partially explained by the global downturn as fewer Swedes travel abroad to stock up on alcohol.

Further, the weak krona has led to an increase in private imports from Sweden to Finland, Denmark and Norway, Systembolaget said.

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