The value of European Union exports of spirits and liqueurs in 2013 slipped by 1.6% in value terms, after being the fastest-growing product group in 2012, according to recent figures.

The European Commission's 'Agricultural Trade in 2013: EU Gains in Commodity Exports' report, released this week, said that spirit and liqueur exports from the bloc totalled EUR10bn (US$13.6bn) last year.

While whisky exports dropped particularly steeply, by EUR131m, wines and vermouths, meanwhile, reached EUR9.1bn worth of export sales, a year-on-year rise of 1.3%.

The top markets for spirits and liqueurs last year were the US, Singapore, Russia, China, and South Africa. Top markets for wine and vermouth were the US, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and China.

Spirits exports to China decreased by about 20% both in value and quantity.

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