Beer sales decline on St. Patrick's Day weekend

Beer sales decline on St. Patrick's Day weekend

Consumers order more wine and spirits, less beer than in previous year

Consumers ordered less beer on St. Patrick's day this year compared with last year, while wine and spirits orders increased, according to research firm GuestMetrics.

The Leesburg, Va.-based company analyzed point-of-sales data at restaurants and bars for the Friday through Sunday around the holiday. The data showed that, in terms of total number of drinks ordered, wine sales rose 6 percent and sales of spirits increased 2 percent, while cocktails sales fell 2 percent a

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