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Slovak beer sales down

BEER sales have fallen in the first quarter of 2003 by 9 per cent to 859,369 hectolitres. This is the first drop in three years.

The only brewery that increased sales during the quarter was Stein brewery in Bratislava, which saw a 10 per cent rise to 31,000 hectolitres.

Brewers blame the drop on the threefold increase in tax on beer.

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State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

Fee has a negative impact

Practice shows that municipalities will require investors to pay the fee for development from their own budgets and at the same time to also cover the so-called induced investments.

Some municipalities want to re-think the fee.

Kysuce inhabitants block busy road in protest

The blockade caused traffic collapse.

Discovery made hard mining work more efficient

Gunpowder was used to blow up the rock for the first time in the Upper Bieber adit for the first time 390 years ago.