Monthly alcohol sales at Norwegian alcohol retail monopoly Vinmonopolet slid in July, according to recent figures.

The company said yesterday (11 September) that sales in the month were down by 2% on the corresponding period a year earlier to 6.36m litres. Calender-adjusted sales, however, were up by 4% year-on-year for the month, Vinmonopolet noted.

Table wine, spirits, fortified wine and beer all fell in July, with fortified wine dropping by 10.2% in the month to 89,000 litres.

For the year so far, total sales enjoyed a rise of 3.4% to 37.9m litres. Table wine saw sales increase for the seven-month period by 3.8% to 30.8m litres.

The company credited the rise to increased purchasing power amongst the Norwegian population, the opening of new stores and the reorganisation of shops into self-service outlets.

Late last year, Vinmonopolet was hit by bribery allegations and a police complaint over the probing of staff emails. The company's chief executive, Knut Groeholt, subsequently resigned after board chairman Harald Arnkvaern stepped down.