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Rise in Scotch whisky exports

Published:  10 December, 2009

The amount of Scotch whisky exported this year has jumped by more than 10 million bottles despite the recession.

Industry figures show that exports reached 807 million bottles in the first nine months of the year compared with 796.6 million in the same period last year - an increase of 1.5%.

But figures show the value of sales has dropped by around £80 million indicating people are switching to cheaper brands.

The Scotch Whisky Association said despite weak economic conditions the industry remained confident of future growth.

Chief executive of the association, Gavin Hewitt said: "Distillers have been resilient through the recession, investing for future opportunities and underscoring Scotch Whisky's increasing importance to the domestic economy."

Scotch whisky shipments abroad account for 20% of Scotland's manufactured exports.