• Kyodo News


Beer shipments in May fell 3.1 percent from a year earlier to 38.92 million cases, marking the first drop in three months, partly due to fewer shipment days than the previous year, brewers and the Brewers Association of Japan reported Wednesday.

Shipments to restaurants declined, while those in Osaka and its vicinity were also sluggish in the reporting month, indicating consumers refrained from going out amid the H1N1 swine flu epidemic that hit the region. One case contains 20 633-milliliter bottles.

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