VOX SHOP

21 March, 2008

Will you be passing on duty increases?

"I've put nothing up yet. I'm a strong believer in only putting it up once it comes through to me . I think I'll put wine prices up by half of what the

Budget said and absorb the rest myself. I can cushion that because I buy direct from French chateaux which saves me a lot of money."

Alexander Carr

Wine Shop

Halesworth, Suffolk

"We'll have to once we start getting new stock in. A lot of companies have waited for the

Budget announcement before printing their new price lists. I've just spoken to one who has put their wine up by £2 a case."

Joanne Gribbin

Abbey Wine, Melrose

" All we can do is pass on the increases, as a small off-licence we can't absorb it ourselves. It's really hard, particularly with cigarettes because we've only just had manufacturer s' increases and now we've been hit by the Budget.

Customers are expecting the Budget increases, but the manufacturer s' increases

are something that they're not aware of."

Amanda Ward

Edwards' Wine Shop

Blackburn




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