Manitobans have popped the cork or taken the cap off enough booze to fuel the fourth largest liquor sales increase in the country.
According to a report released by Statistics Canada today, Manitoba’s total booze sales surged ahead by 4.9 per cent in 2012, higher than the national average of a three per cent rise. The Yukon, at 6.3 per cent, had the largest increase, followed by Alberta at 5.7 per cent.
Beer sales, with a 6.4 per cent jump, led the way in Manitoba, followed by wine at 4.8 per cent and spirits at 3.3 per cent.
In total, more than $685 million was spent by Manitobans on alcohol in 2012.