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Record Year for Alcohol Sales in Virginia

January 3, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency again saw a record profit in the last fiscal year.

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's most recent annual report says it has seen retail sales increase to record-breaking levels consecutively for the past 14 years, even as discussions continue about privatizing the state's liquor stores. The agency that runs more than 330 shops saw a profit of $132.1 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Gross wholesale and retail sales increased nearly 6 percent to $734 million. That translates to more than 10 million gallons of wine, spirits and nonalcoholic mixers.

"The Sunday sales was a big part of that," said Ronald Rosario, the manager of an ABC store in Charlottesville. "This just shows that our customers like to shop on that convenient day of Sunday."

Nearly 1.4 million cases of vodka were sold. But Jack Daniel's remained the top-selling brand based on dollar figures.

Rosario says the department has also cracked down on underage buying, catching minors 99 out of 100 times that they try to buy liquor.

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