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Ohio saw an increase of 5.8 percent in liquor sales in 2013.

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The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control confirmed that dollar sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level in 2013, totaling $898 million.

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This was an increase of 5.8 percent, exceeding last year's total by $49 million.

"Ohioans continue to trade up, buying more of the premium products as consumer tastes become more sophisticated," said Bruce Stevenson, Superintendent of the Division. "Quality customer service and better inventory management are the main ingredients that resulted in record dollar sales without encouraging increased consumption."

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Retail dollar sales were strong in 2013 totaling $635, an increase of 7.35 percent. Wholesale dollar sales (liquor purchased by retail permit holders such as restaurants, bars and clubs) also showed strong growth totaling $264 million, an increase of 2.5 percent.

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Dollar sales grew at a higher rate than consumption in 2013. The Division sold a total of 12 million gallons of spirituous liquor through its 466 Contract Liquor Agencies, an increase of only 3 percent over the previous year.

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