Domestic sales of beer in Germany continued their decline in 2004, according to the federal statistics office. However, as exports increased overall sales of German beer were up for the first time in five years.

Sales within Germany fell 1.5% in 2004. With the exception of 1999 and 2002, beer sales have declined each year since 1995.

But, total sales of German beer rose 0.2% as exports to other European Union member states in particular increased.