FRANCE: Champagne FY sales slip, but global volumes positive - figures
Champagne had a strong end to the year, but sales were down in the FY
Champagne sales by value and volume dipped slightly in 2013 as producers continued to struggle with difficult conditions in Europe, latest figures show.
Trade body the Comité Interprofessionnel de Vin de Champagne (CIVC) announced yesterday (15 January) that category volumes in the full-year fell by 1.3% year-on-year to 304m bottles. Sales by value slid by 2% in the 12-month period to EUR4.3bn (US$5.9bn), the group said.
However producers saw a strong end to the year with global shipments in December up 8% year-on-year.
The CIVC said the full-year was "a satisfactory performance given the difficult economic conditions in major markets in Europe".
In 2013 the domestic market accounted for 167m bottles of Champagne sold, with volumes falling 2.3%. In EU states other than France volumes slipped 3.4% to 74m bottles. Outside of Europe, volumes were up 3.2% to 63m bottles.
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