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Berlin (AP) —German beer sales in the first half of this year fell 2.7% year-on-year due to the closure of bars and restaurants from winter to spring, official data showed on Friday.
Germany-based breweries and distributors sold about 4.2 billion liters (1.1 billion gallons) of beer from January to June, according to the Federal Bureau of Statistics. This figure does not include alcohol-free beer or beer imported from outside the European Union.
Domestic sales were 3.3 billion liters (782 million gallons), down 4.9% from the first half of 2020. Compared to the last month before the coronavirus pandemic hit Germany, there was a sharp drop of 27% and 19.1% in January and February, respectively, but it has increased since then. Sales increased 12.4% year-on-year in March and 11.2% in June.
In contrast, exports in the first half were higher. Exports to other EU countries increased by 3.5% and sales to non-EU countries increased by 11.9%.
German local authorities began to relax restrictions on restaurants and bars in the spring. The new COVID-19 infection fell to very low levels in early July. Since then, they have creeped higher, but remain much lower than in some other European countries.
German beer sales have been declining for years as a result of health concerns and other factors, but the pandemic has caused an unusually sharp decline. Sales in Germany fell 5.5% last year, according to the Statistics Bureau.
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