Alko has reported a slight lift in sales at its alcohol retail stores in Finland last year.

The state-owned alcohol retail monopoly said yesterday (5 March) that net sales in 2007 inched up to EUR1.07bn (US$1.64bn), from EUR1.03bn in 2006. In volume terms, sales were up equally modestly, by 2% to 113.6m litres, equating to 19.8m litres of 100% pure alcohol.

Profit in 2007 hit EUR54.8m, although no comparison figure for 2006 was released.

Alko's board has proposed a dividend payment totalling EUR53.3m for the year.