Liquor sales are up nearly 3 percent since the state got out of the liquor business in June. Prices are also up — a standard liter of liquor now costs an average of $2 more per bottle than last year.
Consumers purchased about 8 percent more spirits when compared to last year, according to figures released today by the state Department of Revenue.
Bars and restaurants, meanwhile, are buying less — there was a 13 percent drop in liquor purchases from businesses from June to September. The revenue department speculates that’s because businesses stockpiled in May, before the privatization law went into effect.
A year ago, the average retail price for a liter of liquor, including taxes, was $21.58. The same bottle now costs an average of $24.09 — a nearly 12 percent increase.