Vinmonopolet has seen sales continue their rise in 2007.

The Norwegian alcohol retail monopoly said yesterday (17 December) that sales in November rose by 8.3% year-on-year, to 6m litres. In October, sales were up by 7.1% on the same month a year earlier.

As a breakdown, beer was the top-performer last month, registering a 17.9% lift in volume terms to 0.14m litres. Table wine and spirits sales were up, by 8.1% and 8.9% respectively.

In the first 11 months of 2007, sales lifted by 4.4% year-on-year, to 61.4m litres.

Vinmonopolet came into being in 1996 after the retail and wholesale alcohol monopoly was split following the country's entry into the European Economic Area two years earlier.