Japanese brewers Sapporo, Asahi, Kirin, Suntory and Orion have shown a second straight month of year-on-year decreases in beer shipments, according to reports.

In June, shipments decreased by 9.3% and low-malt 'happoshu' shipments dropped 9.1% last month, while shipments of 'third-sector' alcoholic beverages increased 15.2% compared to the previous year.
 
For the first time in two years, Asahi has slightly overtaken Kirin as Japan's beer market leader in H1, according to data from the Brewers Association of Japan.

Kirin's share fell to 37.3% with shipments decreasing 2.7%, whilst Asahi, despite posting a 1.5% year-to-year decline in shipments, lifted its market share to 37.4%.