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Minnesota’s municipal liquor stores continue to see record sales

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's municipal liquor operations reported a 17th consecutive year of record sales in 2012 totaling $329.6 million, according to a report this week from the state auditor.

On Monday, Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto released the 2012 analysis of municipal liquor store operations, a report providing comparative data on liquor operations owned and operated by Minnesota cities.

In 2012, 207 Minnesota cities operated 239 municipal liquor stores, with 114 cities operating both on-sale and off-sale liquor establishments and 93 cities restricting their municipally owned establishments to off-sale liquor stores, according to a news release issued by Otto’s office.

Total sales generated in 2012 increased by $12.4 million, or 3.9 percent, over 2011. Total municipal liquor sales ranged from $91,917 in Canton to $15.2 million in Lakeville, according to the state audit report.

Among off-sale stores, there was a 27.6 percent increase in net profits, while on-sale stores showed an increase of 92.3 percent.

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