German beer sales suffered a 0.4% dip last year to 109.7m hl.

The breweries' union, DBB, attributed the drop to the failure of higher exports to offset a decline in domestic sales.

A 4% increase had been expected in the first half of last year but poor second half weather reversed the trend.

DBB reported in increase in exports of 13% last year to 10.7m hl û the first time10m hl had been exceeded.