Some less-than-celebratory news out of Germany: beer sales fell to a record low in 2012.
The table below from the German Federal Statistical Office shows that total beer sales fell to 96.5 million hecto-liters in 2012, the lowest level since reunification. Sales contracted 1.8 percent from 2011, the fastest pace of decline since 2009.
The Federal Statistical Office says that beer mixes – beer mixed with lemonade, cola, fruit juice, and other non-alcoholic additives – were 4.5 percent of total beer sales in 2012.
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