Consumers in Czech Republic are buying less expensive spirits and drinking more at home due to the recession, according to the country's second biggest distiller.

Drinks group Grannette Ústí conducted a consumer survey in light of the economic downturn.

Both Grannette Ústí and rival group Stock Plzen said this week that they expect a decline in the country's spirits market this year of around 5% compared to 2008.

Both distillers said that prices of their products in the retail sector have decreased by as much as 12% in the past six months, because of pressure from store owners.

Vodka and a local version of rum, which is predominantly made from potatoes, are two of the most popular spirits in Czech Republic. Last year, vodka and 'Czech rum' accounted for 40% of the 65m litres of spirits produced by Czech distillers.