Champagne and still wines remain popular among Russian consumers, finmarket reports with reference to the data provided by the National Union for the Protection of Consumer Rights on the basis of retail alcohol sales in June 2020 and the first half of this year.
According to the data provided, in June 2020 the sales of champagne and sparkling wines increased by 10% compared to June 2019 and amounted to 1.2 million decaliters. In January-June 2020, 6.9 million decaliters of these wines were sold (5.2% more). The still wines sales in June increased by 4.6 million decaliters, which is 6.2% more than a year earlier. In the first half of the year, the sales increased by 6.5%, to 25.9 million decaliters.
Russians’ interest in hard liquor was lower than wine. Vodka sales in June 2020 increased by 2.7%, to 5.7 million decaliters, in the first half of the year by 3.4%, to 35.4 million decaliters. Cognac sales in June decreased by 0.7%, to 822.5 thousand decaliters, in January-June by 0.1%, to 5.4 million decaliters. In general, retail sales of alcoholic beverages in June increased by 1.7% (16.9 million decalitres), and in the first half of 2020 by 2.4% to 102.2 million decalitres.