July sales increased 15.4 percent after declining 9.4 percent in June and rising 26.6 percent in May, the last month of operation for state-run liquor stores.
A total of 10.6 million liters of spirits totalling $164.8 million were purchased during May, June and July, compared to 9.5 million liters worth $138.9 million for the same period in 2011.
The sales boom in May was attributed to bars and restaurants stocking up prior to privatization of liquor sales, which began June 1. Sales dropped in June, presumably because of the inventories built up in May, but recovered in July, the state reported.
Liquor prices continues to be higher than they were under the state system, although they moderated some in July, according to the revenue department. The average price paid for spirits was up 16.2 percent in July compared to 17.2 percent in June.
Tax revenue was up 15 percent to $68 million during the three-month period.
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