Alcohol Drought Hits Retailers' Sales:
The late delivery of new excise labels for imported wines and spirits, due July 1, is denting grocery chains' sales and leaving drinkers with a narrow choice of local vodka and beer.
"This really makes our life hard. Shelves are empty, and as customers won't spend money on alcohol, revenues are down," said Roman Uvarov, marketing director at discount retailer Dixi. "Suppliers give us contradictory information, and we don't know when [foreign] alcohol will stage a comeback."
It was like that when I got here.