• Nine-month net profits down by 9% to CAD2m (US$1.97m)
  • Net sales dip by 0.2% to CAD19.8m
  • Ontario sales tax blamed for profits fall
  • Group posts Q3 rises 
Magnotta Winery blames sales tax for profits fall

Magnotta Winery blames sales tax for profits fall

Magnotta Winery has reported a fall in nine-month profits and a dip in wine sales, despite growth in the third quarter. 

Magnotta said today (14 December) that net sales for the nine months to the end of September dipped by 0.2%, to CAD19.8m (US$19.4m). Net profits fell by 9% on the same period of 2010, to CAD2m. 

Magnotta blamed the fall in profits on a new tax on wine imposed by the Ontario Government as of 1 July 2010. The so-called Cellared-In-Canada (CIC) wine tax charges a levy on wine sold through private retail stores in the province, as part of a strategy to harmonise sales tax.  

However, the Ontario-based wine group enjoyed a better third quarter. For the three months to the end of September, net sales increased by 2.3% to CAD7.64m, while profits rose by nearly 6% to CAD0.69m. 

Last month, Magnotta Family Holdings said that it would take the wine company private. Shareholders will be asked to vote on the proposal on 18 January.

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