Slovaks drink less beer

FOR THE SECOND month in a row, consumption of beer continued to decline under the influence of an increased excise tax, initiated back in August.

In September, beer sales dropped by 14 percent, after an identical decrease in August.

But, despite falling sales, the finance ministry reported a larger intake of taxes on beer. The ministry's spokesman, Peter Papanek, said that in August the ministry collected Sk179 million in beer tax, up by Sk24 million compared to the same month last year.

According to Slovak daily Pravda, beer sales in the country have been on a gradual rise since 1999. Last year, 4.85 million hectolitres of beer were sold and beer brewers expected a 5 million limit to be reached this year.

"The increase of the excise taxes has delayed the breaking of the limit," the head of a local beer brewers association, Roman Šusták, said.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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