Sales of Foster's wines in US grocery stores fell by 1% last month, amid an overall decline of 3% in Australian wine sold in the US market.

Figures from AC Nielsen, released today (17 September), showed that sales of Foster's Beringer brand were down 3% year-on-year in August, while Lindemans was down 1%, Rosemount 17% and Wolf Blass 8%.

Overall US wine sales from grocery stores were up by 4% in August compared to a year earlier, below the recent trend for annualised growth of 6%.

Goldman Sachs JBWere analyst Ian Abbott said pricing growth of just 2% suggested a tougher environment for sales in the US, where he expects Foster's wine revenue to decline by 6% in the current financial year.