Sales of alcohol have risen by 7.5 per cent in the first half of the year, but pub sales have continued to fall sharply, according to new industry figures.
The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (Digi) said the latest market figures showed that a reduction in excise on alcohol, which was announced as part of the 2010 budget, had had the desired effect of stemming cross-border alcohol purchasing.
However, while off-licence sales have climbed significantly in the...
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