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French drink less wine as world drinks more


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Tuesday January 30, 2007

Paris- The French, currently the world's largest per capita consumers of wine, are drinking less and less of it as the rest of the world drinks more, according to a study by the British ISWR/DGR consultancy made public in Paris on Tuesday. In 2005, the French drank on the average of 63.8 litres of wine per person, which made them number one in the world, although the figure represented a decline of more than 11 per cent since 2001.

However, wine consumption in France is foreseen to fall another 7.84 per cent by 2010, to 58.8 litres per person, which would place the French third behind the Americans and Italians, the study found.

At the same time, the study predicted that world wine consumption would grow by 9.4 per cent between 2005 and 2010, to establish a global market worth some 117 billion dollars.

The most dynamic market is expected to be China, which the study sees growing by 36 per cent between 2005 and 2010.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency