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Vodka and cognac consumer price dynamics affect alcohol sales statistics

The Izvestia journalists took an interest in statistics of alcohol consumption in Russia, according to which the sales of imported alcoholic beverages increased, but consumption of domestic spirits did not go down, however.

So they turned to the Analytical Center's expert Elena Razumova with the question of why the sales of alcoholic beverages continue to grow despite the fact that, according to the Ministry of Healthcare official statistics, per capita consumption is steadily declining.

"We are unaware of what data sources the Ministry of Healthcare is using to assess consumption," admitted Razumova, "but, with respect to alcohol, the estimates include not only the total volume of consumption of alcoholic products, but consumption of pure alcohol as well, and there is indeed a reduction tendency considering this indicator, predominantly due to growth of beer ratio in the consumption structure." The expert presumed that the Russian Ministry of Healthcare is also using the data on official shipments of alcoholic products, which stabilized only in the last 2 years, as opposed to the 2012-2016 period when they were dropping every year, sometimes quite significantly.

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'Changes and Trends in the Regulation of Non-Raw-Materials Exports in Russia and the World' for Q2 2018
August 2018