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U.S. import sales sluggish in Canada.

U.S. import sales sluggish in Canada

A recent survey revealed that sales of imported U.S. beer through Ontario liquor stores have dropped nearly 40 percent since the government slapped an extra tax on imported brew in early July.

On July 10th, the Ontario government raised the prices of imported beers after fielding complaints about price competition from domestic brewers, but government tax officials said the change was designed solely to reflect the increased cost of warehousing and distributing the products.

Some Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores in the Toronto area reported sales of U.S. beer down as much as 60 percent the week after the new tax came into effect, LCBO spokesman Sid Rodaway said. He added, however, that some people stocked up on U.S. beer the weekend before the price increase, possibly resulting in a drop of sales the following week.

Rodaway also pointed out that LCBO figures are based on a sample of only about 10 percent of its stores.
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Title Annotation:beer sales in Ontario
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Aug 14, 1989
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