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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

December 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - While most businesses are hurting during the recession, alcohol sales are actually up.

The alcohol sales tax is one of the few revenue streams that has gone up in Georgia during the lagging economy.  It's grown almost two percent since July.

Liquor stores expect big sales this week as people celebrate the New Year. One liquor store owner told us sales have gone up, but customers are changing their shopping habits.    

"They were good. We had a good Christmas eve. And we are expecting a good New Year's. People still spend money, but they usually buy cheaper items, but we have seen a pretty good holiday season," said Warehouse Package Store Manager Louis Bernard.  

Several state lawmakers promise to push a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would allow alcohol sales on Sundays and bring in even more tax revenue during tough times for the state.

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