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Wee dram for big profits

Scotch Whisky producers are raising a dram to their third-best ever export performance this month.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has released figures for 2005, which show that both malt and blended whisky exports are up 4% in value over the previous year, reaching £2.3 billion.

The star markets were in Asia (up by 24% overall), with China witnessing a massive 86% increase in imports and South Korea and Taiwan posting increases of 24%. The US remained the most important market overall, though, up £35m to £373m.

The news closer to home was not quite so encouraging, however, since Europe did not mimic such a stellar performance. The Spanish market dropped 18% in value, and conditions in the UK remained difficult.

“All the signs indicate that we are seeing a renaissance for Scotch in its international markets,” said Richard Burrows, chairman of the SWA.  db May 2006

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