Japan's five leading brewers saw combined domestic shipments of beer and similar products fall 5.3% in February, Kyodo News reported today.
 
The country's leading brewers - Kirin Brewery, Asahi Breweries Ltd, Sapporo Breweries, Suntory Ltd and Orion Breweries Ltd - shipped a total of 29.71m cases of beer, happoshu and beer-like brands.

Poor weather and a rise in retail prices were blamed for the drop.

Beer-like brands, however, registered a jump of 74.1% to 2.4m.They now control 8.1% of the total market.
Normal beer fell 12.2% to 15.29m cases and shipments of Happoshu dropped 4.5% to 12.02m cases.