German beer sales in Q3 fell slightly, according to recent figures. Federal Statistics Office Destatis said today (27 October) that total sales in the country in the three months to the end of September were down by 1.6% year-on-year to 29m hectolitres.

Sales of beer-mixed drinks registered a healthy rise of 11.6% on the corresponding period a year earlier to 900,000 hectolitres or 3.2% of overall beer sales.

Taxed beer sales on the domestic market were down by 1.5% to 24.8m hectolitres, while non-taxed beer sales totalled 4.2m hectolitres, down 2.1%, the office said. Beer exports to other EU countries fell by 3.9% to 3.3m hectolitres, and beer exports to non-EU states came in at 800,000 hectolitres, a drop of 6.1%.

The figures released do not include alcohol-free beer, malt drinks or beer imported from non-EU states, the office noted.