BERLIN (AP) — German beer gross sales on this 12 months’s first half had been 2.7% decrease than a 12 months earlier, dragged decrease by closures of bars and eating places that stretched via winter and into spring, official information confirmed Friday.
German-based breweries and distributors bought about 4.2 billion liters (1.1 billion gallons) of beer from January to June, the Federal Statistical Workplace stated. That determine doesn’t embody alcohol-free beer or beer imported from outdoors the European Union.
Home gross sales dropped 4.9% in contrast with the primary half of 2020 to three.3 billion liters (872 million gallons). There have been steep drops of 27% and 19.1% respectively in January and February — in contrast with the final months earlier than the coronavirus pandemic hit Germany — however features after that. Gross sales had been up 12.4% on the 12 months in March and 11.2% in June.
In distinction, first-half exports had been larger. There was a 3.5% enhance in exports to different EU international locations and an 11.9% leap in gross sales to nations outdoors the EU.
Regional authorities in Germany began enjoyable restrictions on eating places and bars within the spring. New COVID-19 infections sank to a really low stage in early July; they’ve been creeping larger since however stay a lot decrease than in a number of different European international locations.
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German beer gross sales have been declining for years on account of well being issues and different elements, however the pandemic brought on an unusually sharp drop. The statistics workplace has stated that gross sales inside Germany dropped 5.5% final 12 months.
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