Light wine volume sales fell 5% in the four weeks to April 19, 4% in the four weeks to May 17 and 2% in the four weeks to June 14.
Meanwhile the spirits market looked like it was "flattening out", said analyst Stewart Blunt. Champagne sales are slowing, but beer and cider are "holding up reasonably well" - although beer sales dipped in April after a peak in March.
"We all know
the on-trade is not doing well.
One might anticipate
the off-trade would draw
the benefit , but if not it almost makes you speculate where people are getting their alcohol from," he said.