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State Liquor Stores In NH Reach Record $603M Sales Mark

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New Hampshire liquor stores set sales record in fiscal year 2013. (Credit: N.H. Liquor Commission)

New Hampshire liquor stores set sales record in fiscal year 2013. (Credit: N.H. Liquor Commission)

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CONCORD, N.H. (CBS/AP) — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission reports it has reached record sales for fiscal year 2013 of $603.5 million.

The sales spike represents an increase of $39.8 million, or 6.9 percent over the previous fiscal year.

Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica said relocation and renovation of 13 outlets, promotional campaigns, aggressive sales efforts and enhanced customer service practices contributed to setting the sales the record.

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission regulates the sale of alcohol in the state. New Hampshire is one of 18 “control states” in the nation where the government directly controls the distribution of alcoholic beverages and regulates the industry, according to the agency’s website.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Sales of alcoholic beverages at New Hampshire liquor stores contribute at least $100 million to the state’s  General Fund each year, according to the commission.

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