Wine sales in Norway rose slightly last year, while ready-to-drink sales soared, according to figures released today. The national bureau Statistics Norway said yesterday that wine sales in the country increased by 2% year-on-year, reaching 56.2m litres last year. RTD sales trebled for the year, hitting 17.7m litres.

While brandy sales rose by 9.9% in 2003 to 9.9m litres, beer sales fell by 3.9% to 66.2m litres.

The bureau noted that alcohol sales in the country rose markedly in regions close to its border with Sweden, due in the main to cross-border alcohol shopping trips by Swedes.