The Scotch Whisky Association has called for a cut in duty on the strong stuff after warning that sales fell by 1m bottles over the first six months of the year.
The association said the slump could be attributed to a near 4% increase in duty on spirits, one of several tax-raising measures imposed by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, in his March budget.
However, the industry trade body said the tax hike didn’t appear to be working, as it cited a decline in tax revenues from spirits of more than 7% to £697m from £751m in the first three months of the financial year.
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