BEER VOLUME UP; PRICE GROWTH DOWN: MERRILL LYNCH

NEW YORK -- Beer volume rose by 0.7% in the food and drug channels during the four-week period ended Oct. 3, following a decline of 4.8% in the prior month, according to the latest U.S. Brewing Industry report from investment bank Merrill Lynch here. Analysts believed the Labor Day weekend, which was included in this four-week period, helped boost volume sales. Year-to-date, beer volume has declined

NEW YORK -- Beer volume rose by 0.7% in the food and drug channels during the four-week period ended Oct. 3, following a decline of 4.8% in the prior month, according to the latest U.S. Brewing Industry report from investment bank Merrill Lynch here. Analysts believed the Labor Day weekend, which was included in this four-week period, helped boost volume sales. Year-to-date, beer volume has declined by 2.1%.

Volume of micro/craft beer rose the most within the beer subcategories for th

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