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QMI Agency


We're buying less of it, but beer is still king when it comes to booze sales in Canada, new statistics show.

Beer and liquor stores and agencies sold $9.1 billion worth of beer during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, down 0.4% from the previous year. The Yukon had the largest increase of 4.4% year-over-year, followed by Ontario at 3.1%.

Measuring volume, beer stores and agencies sold 2.3 billion litres of beer in 2011, down 2.7% from the previous year.

Statistics Canada noted in its release of figures Monday that in 2000, beer had a market share of 52%, but by 2011, that had dropped to 45%. Wine, meanwhile, went from 23% of market share in 2000 to 30% in 2011.

There were also increases in the sale of vodka (up 5%), rum (4.1%) and whisky (2.7%) in 2011.

Overall, beer and liquor sales were up 2% from the previous year. The net income for provincial and territorial liquor authorities, combined with other alcohol-related revenue such as liquor licences and permits, was up 5.6% to $5.9 billion in 2011. Only Alberta saw a drop in net income, a decline of 4.5%.