According to figures released by Japan's five largest brewers, beer shipments in the country fell by 10% last month to 257,603 kilolitres, the fifth consecutive monthly decline.

Volumes of the low-malt beverage "happoshu" also fell, by 5.5% last month to 126,086 kilolitres, but shipments of so-called "third beer", beer that is made without malt and therefore attracts a lower duty rate, increased by 27.8% to 110,466 kilolitres.