Hungarian drinks group, Zwack Unicum Rt, posted an 11% drop in pre-tax profit to HFL2.42 billion ($8.45 million) for 2001. Gross sales at the company, known for its distinctively packaged bitters brand, Unicum, rose by 11.2% to HFL25.09 billion, but a 16.9% increase in excise tax paid restricted net revenues to HFL16.5 billion, representing an 8.5% increase on the 2000 net sales figure of HFL15.22 billion.