Overall sales for US spirits suppliers grew by 3.1% in volume last year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. High-end products led the steady growth across all price points.

Premium beverage and cocktail sales, and more American states allowing Sunday sales, spurred this second straight year of growth to 164.2m 9-litre cases, and US$14.7bn in revenue for American companies.

Whisky sales led with Irish up 11.7%, single malt Scotch up 5.4% and Bourbon up 3.5. Vodka volume was up 4% to 43.5m cases.

Distillers anticipate a gain to 29.7% of the beverage alcohol market by volume, up from 29.3% in 2003, and $655m of exports, citing a weak dollar and more open markets.