UK: Tax increases on wine "scandalous" but spirits freeze welcomed
Gordon Brown, the UK chancellor, unveiled this year's budget today and in doing so dealt the drinks industry a blow with increases on the price of beer by 1p and on a bottle of wine by 4p. But the duty on cider and sparkling wine will be frozen, as will the duty on spirits, for the sixth Budget in a row, provoking a mixed reaction from the drinks industry.
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