BERLIN (AP) — Beer gross sales in Germany had been down 5.5% final 12 months, dragged decrease by prolonged closures of bars and eating places within the coronavirus pandemic, official knowledge confirmed Monday.
German-based breweries and distributors offered 8.7 billion liters (2.3 billion gallons) of beer final 12 months, the Federal Statistical Workplace stated. That determine does not embrace alcohol-free beer or beer imported from exterior the European Union.
German beer gross sales have been declining for years on account of well being considerations and different components. They’ve now fallen 22.3% since 1993.
However final 12 months’s drop was unusually sharp, and a month-by-month breakdown pointed to the influence of coronavirus restrictions. Gross sales had been down 17.3% in April in contrast with a 12 months earlier, and 14.1% in November.
Bars and eating places in Germany had been closed from March till Could, and have been closed once more for the reason that starting of November as a part of the nation’s present second lockdown. Main occasions and festivals that may often eat massive quantities of beer even have been canceled.
Gross sales inside Germany — which made up almost 83% of the full — had been down 5.5% final 12 months. Exports to different nations within the EU dropped 13.1% to 778.2 million liters (206 million gallons) whereas these to nations elsewhere had been up 3.7% to 725.3 million liters (192 million gallons).