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A EUROPEAN court ruling not to allow shoppers to buy cut-price alcohol from anywhere on the continent over the internet has been welcomed by traders ion Coventry.

The decision is a blow to consumers hoping for a pre-Christmas booze bonanza, but good news for Chancellor Gordon Brown who had been facing a multi-billion pound a year hole in revenue from domestic excise duty.

The European Court of Justice ruled that "only products acquired and transported personally by private individuals are exempt from excise duty in the member state of importation."

This means that Britons who want to take advantage of cheaper alcohol and cigarette prices on the continent will still have to travel there on so called "booze cruises."

David Perry, director of Bablake Wines in Kingfield Road, Coventry, said he was delighted with the judges' ruling.

"It would not have affected us too much as we are mostly wholesalers rather than retailers but I am delighted for the trade," he said.

"I also think it is good news for the UK as a whole because if the government had lost that amount of excise duty they would have had to make it up in other ways which might have been more painful.

"We don't want any more taxation and if they don't take it one way they will take it another."

Robert Saulitis, owner of Alexander Wines in Berkeley Road South, Earlsdon, said he greeted the ruling with a "sigh of relief."

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