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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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