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South African exports up

Published:  23 July, 2008

South African wine sales in the UK, its biggest market, are up more than 2% on last year, but still well below the 10% total global export growth for the first half 2007.

The country's global wine exports fell 5% in 2006 following 12 years of consecutive growth.

Su Birch, the CEO of Wines of South Africa, was pleased to have data back on track and said producers were heartened that value, up 7.2% in the year to June, was outpacing volume at 2.1%, putting less pressure on margins.

Birch said supermarkets had contributed to the rise, with Tesco increasing its range of South African wines by 35% to 80 lines and Sainsbury's reporting a 25% year-on-year increase in sales.

ACNielsen figures for the 12 months to June showed the average price paid for a bottle of South African wine in the UK had risen to 3.91.