Illegal alcohol sales are booming as consumers stay away from shops

  • 2010-05-05
  • By Alina Lisina
RIGA - Alcohol market sales have decreased following the general retail market trend in Latvia. In 2009, sales volumes dropped by 29 percent. But this doesn’t mean that people drink less alcohol in Latvia. The increase of excise taxes and an absence of control from the government caused a boom in illegal alcohol production. The revenues from excise taxes have dropped dramatically.In 2008, for the first time in six years, the volume of alcohol sales in Latvia decreased, according to the State Revenue Service (SRS) data.According to the data of Latvian producers and sellers o...
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