Catalan cava sales inched up 0.46% in 2005 as growing exports offset slumping domestic sales, Spanish newspaper La Gaceta de los Negocios reported yesterday (7 February).

Sales totalled 222m bottles, of which 129m were exported and 93m bought domestically, the paper said, citing sources from cava industry lobby Consejo Regulador del Cava.

Exports grew 6.2% year-on-year, while national sales fell 6.6%, the report added.

Goods made in the Spanish region of Catalonia have been boycotted since 2004 on the back of strong anti-Catalan sentiment in Spain. Cava has been one of the worst-hit products.

As Cava lost, Champagne gained, with sales rising a reported 36% last year.