The sale of alcoholic beverages decreased by 2.7 percent in September compared to the same month in 2008, from 1,488,000 liters to 1,448,000.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
However, when the first nine months of 2009 are compared to the same period in 2008, the sale of alcohol is almost unchanged between years. So far this year, 15,077,000 liters of alcohol have been sold in Iceland, according to the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR).
The sale of red wine has dropped by 1.7 percent, while the sale of white wine has increased by 6.4 percent and of beer by 1.5 percent between years.
On the other hand, the sale of spirits and mixed beverages dropped significantly, by 16.7 percent and 37.5 percent, respectively.
When only September is taken into account, the sale of all types of alcohol apart from white wine, which increased by 6.7 percent, decreased, according to Morgunbladid.
Surprising is the sale of beer, which dropped by 1.3 percent. Beer is the staple of ÁTVR’s alcohol sales. All alcohol sales in Iceland go through ÁTVR.
The price of alcoholic beverages increased this year after a legislation on higher alcohol tariffs was passed in parliament in May.
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