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Scotch Whisky Exports at Record Levels

Scotch whisky exports increased in value by 12 percent in the 12 months to the end of June 2012, according to figures published today by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Growth was seen in the USA, Venezuela, Germany and in exports to Russia through the Baltic states in the first six months of this year. Asia remained steady with good growth in Taiwan. This helped Scotch whisky exports maintain their value in the first half of 2012 at £1.8 billion (US$2.9 billion), despite continuing pressure in some Eurozone countries and the after-effect of an increase of shipments to France last year ahead of a substantial tax rise.