Ireland and Russia areamongst the few countries where beer sales and consumption are predicted to increase inThe European Beer Market 2000-2005, a new report published by Retail Intelligence. Thefall in beer sales across Western Europe in 1998 has been attributed to many causes. Theseinclude poor summer weather conditions in Germany and Scandinavia, more stringentdrink-driving legislation in Denmark and in the UK, the early exits of England andScotland from the World Cup.