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Domestic shipments of beer and beerlike alcoholic drinks fell 3.2 percent to 39.26 million cases in April, stretching the downtrend to four months in a row, according to figures released Monday.

The year-on-year result was the second-lowest for April since 1992, when the statistic was first tracked.

The drop was caused in part by unseasonably cold weather. The poor economy and declining beer consumption among younger drinkers were also factors, analysts said.

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