SPANISH WINE SALES GROW AT FRANCE'S EXPENSE: REPORT

CALISTOGA, Calif. -- Wines from Spain are selling better than their French counterparts in supermarkets, according to a new report examining sales figures for the first half of 2003 -- a period that included the controversy over France's opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.Some industry observers believe the numbers reflect the exploitation by wine importers from smaller countries like Chile

CALISTOGA, Calif. -- Wines from Spain are selling better than their French counterparts in supermarkets, according to a new report examining sales figures for the first half of 2003 -- a period that included the controversy over France's opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Some industry observers believe the numbers reflect the exploitation by wine importers from smaller countries like Chile and Australia of the possible reluctance of Americans to buy French products.

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