Cut duty on Scotch whisky to raise industry spirits, say distillers


Scotch Whisky Association blames chancellor’s near 4% tax rise in March for six-month fall in bottle sales

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.

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