MARKET MONITOR A graphic guide to the off-trade

12 December, 2008

Strong festive spirits sales are the driving force in a drinks market that's not quite flat, but getting there. There were signs of a very slight recovery as the pre-Christmas bargains kicked in, with long drinks sales flattening out in the four weeks to Nov 15 from a 2% dip over 12 weeks, and spirits sales growing from +10% over 12 weeks to +14% over four weeks. It's still too early to say if there will be much festive spirit in drinks sales this Christmas, but these Nielsen figures could be cause for some cautious hope.

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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