Systembolaget has posted a slight rise in monthly sales. The Swedish alcohol retail monopoly said that sales in January, measured in pure alcohol, were up by 2.7% year-on-year.

While spirits sales fell in all of Sweden's 21 counties last month, the largest decrease was registered in the northern county of Norrbotten and on the Gotland Island, off the east coast of the country.

Sales of table wine were up across all counties, while sales of strong beer were up everywhere except the eastern county of Vastmanland, the county of Dalarna in central Sweden and Norrbotten.

Systembolaget consists of 426 stores and around 580 local representative agencies.