Vinmonopolet, the former Norwegian drinks monopoly, has reported that the country's alcohol sales were up 5.2% January to August this year, compared with the same period last year.

Total sales reached 41.866m litres as Norway enjoyed increased consumer spending in the period. Vinmonopolet said it also benefited from new stores and the reorganisation of stores into self-service stores and increased public interest in wine and food.

Sales of table wine were up 6% and spirits 2%. But, beer sales fell 2.6%.