As it’s very nearly Christmas it might be rather interesting to look at French Champagne imports!
The chart below shows the top five importers of Champagne in millions of 75cl bottles in 2017:
Britain, with about a fifth of the population of the US, manages pole position and to drink more than the US. And with less than a half of its population Britain still imports more than Japan does.
Why doesn’t Germany, with a similar, if slightly larger population than the UK drink more?
Well, I can only suggest, Fawlty towers fashion, that we should remember the war.
But Germany is still, in spite of all that, fourth.
And Belgium with just over 11 million population, manages fifth place.
How very demonstrative of the gravity theory of the economy.
The closer you are, the more you are likely to trade extensively.
Brexiters won’t like it, and might even deny it. But they’ll probably still be drinking it and not Californian Spakling Wine.
Whatever your tipple, cheers for Christmas.