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Spirits and wine strong, but drop in beer hurts US alcohol sales

New data from IWSR finds that declining beer consumption in the US caused a decline in the larger alcohol market for the second consecutive year in 2017. Beer purchases, which make up 79% of total alcohol sales in the US, dropped by 0.5%, causing an overall decrease in sales despite a 2.3% increase in sales of spirits, and a 1.3% increase in wine consumption.

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