Alcohol sales skyrocket in Norway

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With a near complete stop in cross-border trade, sales of alcohol in Norway have skyrocketed in the second quarter of this year.

In the second quarter of this year, Norwegians bought 8,557,000 liters of pure alcohol excluding tax-free sales. This is 21 per cent more than in the second quarter of last year, new figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show.

The increase is greatest for wine, where 31,7 percent more was sold, while beer has the lowest increase of 11,6 percent.

If you look at the first half of the year as a whole, 14,502,000 liters of pure alcohol were sold. Thus, the growth compared to same period in 2019 was 15,1 percent.

The reason for this is likely the near complete lack of cross-border trade. Norwegians spent only NOK 28 million on cross-border trade in the second quarter of this year, compared with NOK 4.1 billion in the same period last year. This is a decrease of 99 percent.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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