- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Distilled spirits sales in Oregon are higher than ever, thanks in part to a stronger economy and population growth.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission said on Tuesday that the spirits generated more than $1 billion in gross revenue for the 2013-2015 biennium. That’s nearly $90 million, or 8 percent, more than the previous biennium.

The growth in sales is not necessarily attributed to consumers buying more spirits. Instead, sales and distribution statistics show it’s due to customers purchasing more expensive products and more customers buying the alcohol.

The commission distributes profits from liquor sales to cities, counties, mental health and drug services, and the state general fund.

12 percent of the overall sales statewide are from Oregon distillers.

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