Drinks, ice cream in high demand
11 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The sale of water and non-alcoholic drinks has increased by 40 percent in comparison with the same period in 2005.
11 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The sale of water and non-alcoholic drinks has increased by 40 percent in comparison with the same period in 2005.
Retailers federation Fedis said due to the hot weather last week, drinks sales were 20 to 30 percent higher than normal.
Sales of mineral water and lemonade recorded the biggest increases. The sale of beer was also 20 to 30 percent higher than average.
"Beer pumps are also selling very well. We don't have exact figures on this, but various large supermarkets have said they are having difficulty keeping up with demand," Fedis director Baudouin Velge said.
"The increase is thanks to the warm weather, but also the World Cup football."
But ice creams have recorded the largest increase in sales, with a 70 percent rise compared with the same period last year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news