SPAIN: Wine exports up in Jan, Feb 2004
Spanish wine exports for the first two months of this year rose slightly, according to figures released yesterday. Data from the Spanish Wine Federation shows exports hitting €200.1m (US$237.3m) in January and February, a rise of 2.2% year-on-year.
Export volume jumped by 24.1% to 211.7m litres, although the average price per litre fell by 17.7% due to higher exports of cheaper wines.
Germany and the UK were the most popular destinations for Spanish wines in January and February, with Germany taking 24.7% of all exports, and the UK accounting for 11.3%.
Exports of bottled wines with protected designation of origin (PDO) fell by 7.2%, and PDO bulk wine exports dropped by 28.9%. Sparkling wine exports also fell, by 0.8%, as did bottled table wine exports, by 5.02%.
Bulk table wine exports enjoyed a growth, however, of 60.7%.
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