A statement from the German Federal Statistics Office put German beer production at 29.6m hls for the third quarter of 2002, up by 200,000 hls from the corresponding period last year.

German domestic beer shipments stood at 26.4m hls, a 0.9% increase on the previous year. However, shipments to other EU countries fell by 9% in the third quarter to 2.3m hls.