Australia's domestic wine sales fell in January, according to recently-released figures. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced yesterday that sales in the home market slipped by 2.5%, a fall of 5.2% year-on-year, equal to 33m litres.

While white wine sales rose by 0.8%, sales of red wine dropped by 2.7%.

Export sales for Australian wine also fell for the month, by 18.1% to A$154.6m. Sales were up year-on-year, however, when sales for January 2003 reached A$132.6m.

The North American market took A$66m of product, while the UK, which is still the biggest single market for Australian wine, bought A$53.7m.