Wine, liquor im­ports drop on aus­ter­ity push

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Wine and liquor im­ports de­clined in the first four months as an of­fi­cial crack­down on lav­ish en­ter­tain­ment and a weaker econ­omy cut cor­po­rate and govern­ment spend­ing on bev­er­ages.

Im­ports of al­co­holic bev­er­ages fell about 8 per­cent year-on-year to $847 mil­lion from Jan­uary to April, ac­cord­ing to the China Cham­ber of Com­merce of Food­stuffs and Na­tive Pro­duce. But by vol­ume, im­ports were up 12.9 per­cent to 212 mil­lion liters as drinkers turned to cheaper bev­er­ages such as beer.

Im­ports of beer from coun­tries such as Ger­many, Bel­gium and the Nether­lands climbed nearly 95 per­cent to $86 mil­lion from Jan­uary to April. By vol­ume, im­ports more than dou­bled to 68 mil­lion liters, ac­cord­ing to the cham­ber. (Photo 2)

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