aA
A major hike in excise duties on alcoholic drinks that took effect in Lithuania in early March has not changed alcohol purchasing habits, a survey by Baltic Market Insights (Baltmi) has revealed.
Alcohol in Norfa shopping centre
Alcohol in Norfa shopping centre
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

Baltmi Business Development Director Artūras Urbonavičius says that price increases had no impact on alcohol consumption in March through April, noting that beer drinkers are among the most loyal ones and that beer consumption is considerably higher than that of strong alcoholic beverages.

"Consumption habits do not change so quickly. Consumers do to not tend to make compromises easily. They tend to spend more money to buy the same amount of alcohol, leaving less cash for other needs," Urbonavičius said in a press release.

According to the survey, Lithuanians spent an average of 20.2 euros on beer in March through April, a rise of 20 percent on the same time last year. Lithuanians bought 19.7 bottles of beer, or 12.8 liters, during the two months on average, up from 17.5 bottles a year ago.

Meanwhile, average vodka purchases remained almost unchanged from a year ago at 1.7 liters per person. Average spending edged up by 0.2 euros to 20.3 euros.

The highest increases in March were in the excise tax rates for wine and beer, at up to 112 percent. The rate for ethyl alcohol went up by around 23 percent.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Five cities may get another EUR 30 mln to buy electric buses

Lithuania's authorities are considering providing another 30 million euros in EU money to Vilnius,...

Top court finds restrictions on waste-to-energy plants unconstitutional

The 2018 amendments to Lithuania's Law on Waste Management that imposed a ban on building...

Lidl gives up plastic bags in Lithuania (1)

The German retail chan Lidl has given up plastic bags in Lithuania. Other major retailers say they...

Ukrainians coming to Lithuania to work should be better informed about working conditions

Ukrainians coming to Lithuania to work should be better informed about working conditions after...

Leading Swiss engineering consultancy plans to double its Vilnius team

Engineering consultancy CSD Engineers has announced plans to double the size of its team in Vilnius...

Top news

Vilnius district municipality backs further asphalt-paving of PM's street

Vilnius District politicians on Friday decided to endorse a strategic activity plan for 2020–2022...

People returning to Lithuania from China advised to avoid contact

People who have returned from China where the new COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading are advised to...

EU leaders fail to agree on new budget: Nausėda hopes for decision over month

EU leaders on Friday failed to agree on the Community's 2021-2027 budget amid disagreements over its...

Macron's envoy for dialog with Russia to visit Lithuania

French President Emmanuel Macron 's envoy for strategic dialogue with Russia is expected to come to...

Vilnius resident suspected of forging ID and other documents of various countries

Criminalists from Vilnius police have busted a man who is suspected of forging ID and other...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina