BOTTLED WATER VOLUME BUBBLES UP

NEW YORK -- Bottled water sales increased by almost 7% last year, marking the 20th consecutive year that the commodity has shown sales growth, according to a survey conducted by Beverage Marketing Corp. here.The category's sales last year were fueled by concerns over municipal water supplies and helped by the growth of smaller-size bottles, said the beverage marketing consulting firm in its report.Americans

NEW YORK -- Bottled water sales increased by almost 7% last year, marking the 20th consecutive year that the commodity has shown sales growth, according to a survey conducted by Beverage Marketing Corp. here.

The category's sales last year were fueled by concerns over municipal water supplies and helped by the growth of smaller-size bottles, said the beverage marketing consulting firm in its report.

Americans consumed a record 2.4 billion gallons of bottled water last year, or

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