Gin bubble far from bursting

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Gin sales in the UK hit the £2bn mark for the first time in the 12 months to March 2019, according to the latest Market Report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

British gin sales reached £2.3bn, with 76 million bottles of the spirit sold over the period.

The report also said total UK spirit sales last year were worth more than £11bn, with around 400m bottles sold. This means one in every five bottles of spirits sold in the last year was gin.

Sales of gin in the off-trade were worth almost £1bn, a 43% year-on-year rise, while gin sales in pubs and bars increased by 56%.

WSTA boss Miles Beale commented: “It’s been another phenomenal 12 months for gin and, despite recent reports suggesting the gin bubble may have burst, our numbers suggest the exact opposite.”