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Wine and spirits exports from France have posted their second consecutive year of decline, according to latest figures. 

Global export volumes of the two categories combined fell by 2.8 % to almost 194.9m 12-bottle cases while sales by value declined 2.8% too to EUR10.78bn, trade body the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins et Spiritueux de France (FEVS) said this week. 

Wine export volumes slipped by 3.3%, while sales declined 1.6%. For spirits, volumes in the year fell 1.7% and sales by 5.3%. 

FEVS's president Christophe Navarre said: “These results should also alert us to our weakenesses. French firms are caught between a structural deficit in the availability of products, particularly in the wine sector and the capacity of our competitors to offer consumers a better value for money proposition.” 

Cognac exports declined by 4.6% and 7.6% in volume and value respectively, with FEVS underlining the impact of an anti-extravagance policy in China. Vodka remains most exported spirit by volume. 

 Bucking the downward trend, Champagne exports rose 5.2% in value and 7.8% in value.  


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