Utah's July alcohol sales increased 3.4 percent

Utah's July alcohol sales increased 3.4 percent

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it sold more than 214,000 cases of alcohol in July, an increase of 3.4 percent over the same month last year.

Figures released Thursday show sales generated about $23.4 million in revenue, about $350,000 more than in 2008.

DABC stores are the only place bars, restaurants and individuals in Utah can buy liquor, wine and beer with an alcohol content greater than 3.2 percent by weight.

The increase in alcohol sales comes as Utah's population becomes steadily less LDS -- church members are told not to consume liquor -- and more dependent on tourism.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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