Shipments of beer and beerlike drinks posted a record low in the January-March quarter, falling 2.7 percent from a year earlier to 83.87 million cases, according to industry data released as of Wednesday.
Shipments of regular beer dropped 5.7 percent to 39.48 million cases, while those of “happoshu” low-malt beer declined 7.7 percent to 12.11 million cases, according to data from the five major breweries.
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