Italy sells more wine to US than France

31st October 2005, Comments 0 comments

ROME, Oct 30 (AFP) - Italy was leading France at the top of wine exports to the United States and Germany, the Italian chambers of commerce association said Sunday.

ROME, Oct 30 (AFP) - Italy was leading France at the top of wine exports to the United States and Germany, the Italian chambers of commerce association said Sunday.

Between January and August 2005, exports of Italian wine to the United States rose 13.7 percent over the same period in 2004, to reach EUR 567 million (US $683 million), according to a statement released by the association at the Turin wine fair.

By contrast France's wine exports to the United States rose only 2.7 percent at 510 million euros with Australia and Spain holding third and fourth positions respectively in the lucrative sector.

The association also highlighted the impressive gains made by New Zealand, whose exports rose 41.7 percent and Argentina which increased by 33.5 percent.

For German imports, the association said Italy sold for the whole of 2004 some five million hectolitres of wine compared to 2.3 million exported by France.

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