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CLEVELAND – Sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level in 2012, totaling $849 million — an increase of 7 percent from the year prior, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control.

“Consumer tastes are becoming more sophisticated, and Ohioans continue to trade up buying more of the premium products,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. “Better product selection and improved inventory management are key to meeting the needs of our consumers, without encouraging increased consumption.”

For the second consecutive year, liquor purchased by restaurants, bars and clubs increased 5.7 percent over last year.

“Strong wholesale indicates positive growths in Ohio’s economy as Ohioans are again patronizing restaurants and entertainment businesses,” Goodman explained.

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Article Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5

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