Liquor sales rebound in months after privatization

January 1, 2013

By Staff

Consumers stockpiled spirits in May, leading to a June sales slump, but in the months since private liquor sales started, spirit sales rebounded, state revenue officials reported Dec. 4.

The state Department of Revenue said spirit sales by volume increased 2.9 percent between June and September from the same period a year earlier.

Retailers sold almost 13.6 million liters of spirits from June through September, compared to the 13.2 million liters sold at state-run liquor stores during the same period a year earlier.

The average retail price for a liter of spirits, including taxes, came to $24.09 in September, compared to $21.58 at state liquor stores a year earlier — 11.6 percent more.

Washingtonians voted to privatize liquor sales by passing Initiative 1183 last year, a measure backed by Issaquah-based Costco.

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