Russia's vodka and hard liquor production is on the slide. According to figures released by the country's Economic Development and Trade Ministry on Friday (26 December), output for the period of January to November this year fell by 2.6% year-on-year to 119m decalitres.

The ministry predicts a drop for the full year of 4% to 134m decalitres. This follows a rise in 2002 in production of vodka and hard liquor of 6.4% on the previous year to 140m decalitres.