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German beer consumption drops 4% in first six months of '03.



Germans seeking relief from the unusually warm temperatures reached for more beer last month--but not enough to turn around slumping Slumping is a categorical description of an area of techniques for the forming of glass through the use of heating glass to the point where it becomes plastic. It is generally formed by the force of gravity.  beer sales this year. Beer consumption was down 4 percent for the first six months of the year over the same period in 2002, despite a 9.3 increase in June June: see month. , the Federal Statistics Office said.

Between January January: see month.  and June, traditionally beer-loving Germans bought 5.14 billion liters (1.36 billion gallons) of beer, down 220 million liters (58 million gallons) over that time in 2002.

The drop fits into a pattern of steadily falling beer consumption in Germany Germany (jûr`mənē), Ger. Deutschland, officially Federal Republic of Germany, republic (2005 est. pop. 82,431,000), 137,699 sq mi (356,733 sq km).  since 1995, a trend that experts have attributed to a health-conscious public, high unemployment and the sluggish economy Sluggish Economy

A state in the economy in which the growth is slow, flat or declining. The term can refer to the economy as a whole or a component of the economy, such as weak housing starts.
.

This year, however, the trend was exacerbated by a drink deposit system instituted Jan. 1 that requires consumers to pay a deposit of 25 cents (29 U.S. cents) per can, which were before either recycled or thrown away.

"June was a bit better because of all of the nice days, but in general the consumption is down because of the can deposit," said .statistics office spokesman Klaus-Juergen Hammer.

Under the new system, customers need to keep their purchase receipts to get their money back, making it necessary to return to the store where they bought the product, which people find inconvenient in·con·ven·ient  
adj.
Not convenient, especially:
a. Not accessible; hard to reach.

b. Not suited to one's comfort, purpose, or needs: inconvenient to have no phone in the kitchen.
 and sometimes impossible. Some are turning to bottles, which can be returned without a receipt.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Aug 4, 2003
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