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12 January, 2007

How much will you spend on drink over the festive season?

Drinks shoppers planned to spend 7 per cent more on drinks this festive season - despite a planned 5 per cent drop in spending on wine, a survey by accountancy firm Deloitte revealed this new year. Consumers across all age groups planned to spend an average of £85.40 per person on drink over Christmas and the new year, compared to £80.10 in 2005. All ages planned to spend less on wine, except for over-65s who planned to spend significantly more - £27.60 per person compared to £21.63 in 2005. "The projected fall in spend on wine probably reflects a perceived reduction in the cost of wine," said Deloitte. Consulting director Tim Wilson said: "Middle-aged drinkers plan to spend the most on wine, more than twice as much as younger drinkers - the 45-64 age group planned to spend £32.26 per person, compared to £15.26 for the 18-24 age group. The focus on money-off promotions on wine may account for the lower spend. Grocers and beverage firms need to consider the impact of their promotions on the 18-24 age group."




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The limitations of Instawines

Picture the scene. You put your key in the keyhole, shove the door with your shoulder, drop your bags and look down. There, beaming up at you, is some relative or friend’s smug postcard with sandy beaches, Piña Coladas and palm trees (or, these days, an in nity pool and a detox smoothie) with a literal or metaphorical “wish you were here” written large.

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