Systembolaget has posted a rise in sales measured in pure alcohol for last month. The state-run alcohol retailing monopoly said late last week that sales for July were up by 5.5% year-on-year.

Chief executive Anitra Steen credited the overall rise to lower cross-border alcohol purchases and the fine weather in the first half of the month.

As a breakdown, Systembolaget saw sales of spirits drop by 1.6% against the same month a year earlier, while wine dipped by 6%. Strong beer sales were up, however, by 8.5% with cider following suit at 10.6%. Mixed drinks (up 12.9%) and alcohol-free beverages (up 25.2%) also performed strongly in July.

Geographically, sales increased most significantly in the southern counties of Skane, Blekinge and Halland. Only Gotland and Dalarna counties registered falls in sales.

For the calendar year so far, sales measured in pure alcohol in Systembolaget are up slightly by 2.2% year-on-year.