Liquor production in Russia drops 23 percent

Moscow, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Production of vodka and other spirits in Russia dropped 23.3 percent in the first four months of 2013 year-on-year to 5.7 million decaliters, a report said.

The Federal Statistics Service (or Rosstat) said in a report that beer production declined 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, to 78.2 million decaliters.

Production of wine rose 19.1 percent in the reporting period to 3.5 million decaliters.

Production of low-alcohol drinks (defined as those containing less than 9 percent alcohol by volume) fell 9.7 percent.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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