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The State, which saw overall 30 per cent jump in liquor sales in November and December as against the corresponding period of last year (2014-15), had initiated measures for capacity expansion of distilleries. But liquor sales in January saw a dip compared to the spurt witnessed in the previous two months. In January, only 21 lakh cases of liquor and 21 lakh cases of beer were lifted in the State. In November, 22 lakh cases of liquor and 25 lakh cases of beer were sold by the corporation and in December, 24 lakh cases of liquor (due to new year celebrations) and 26 lakh cases of beer were sold. February seen more stocks cleared from the corporation, they added. But justifying the presumption that liquor sales should have been more in January, both Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy indeed registered two per cent growth each in liquor sales despite 10 to 15 lakh people of Seemandhra going to their native places for Sankranti. This could be possible due to brisk sales registered during the period of hectic campaigning for GHMC elections, sources added. Ordinary liquor sales, sources said, went up from 1.5 lakh cases to 3 lakh cases a month, registering 100 per cent increase after the crackdown on illicitly distilled liquor (Gudumba) in the State.
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