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Australian wine exports still falling in UK

Published:  09 March, 2009

UK imports of Australian wine fell by 8.7% in the year to February, according to new figures from the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation.

UK imports of Australian wine fell by 8.7% in the year to February, according to new figures from the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation.

Volumes were down to 256.2 million litres, while the US - Australia's second most important export destination after the UK - climbed 10.6% to 212.7 million litres.

In value terms, both markets are giving the Australians cause for concern. UK exports were down 18.9% to A$769.5 million while the US was down 23.5% to A$696.9 million.

All of Australia's top seven markets registered declines in value over the period, but there was more encouraging news from China. Volumes rose 28.7% and value by 36.7%, and Hong Kong also increased its Australian wine imports.

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