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.
14. Apr 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA