Whisky Exports Good for Economy

Nine out of Scotch Whisky’s top ten export markets grew in value over the first six months of 2010, according to new figures published by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Global shipments between January -June 2010 were valued at £1.47bn, up 17% on the first half of 2009, as Scotch Whisky showed the way towards export-led economic recovery.

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Amongst the top ten markets, shipments to countries such as South Africa (+44%), the USA (+34%) and France (+6%) increased in value. Tough economic conditions in Greece, however, resulted in lower exports ( -9%). Single Malt Scotch Whisky exports rose by 31% (to £242m), with Blended Scotch Whisky shipments also up 9% (to £1.1bn), compared to the first half of 2009. New figures revealed for the first time the strength of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky exports, which were valued at £57m. The global volume of Scotch Whisky shipments rose by 3%, with the equivalent of 477m bottles exported. Gavin Hewitt, SWA Chief Executive, said: “Scotch Whisky distillers continue quietly and consistently to deliver impressive exports in many markets."

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