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Ohio Liquor Sales Top $1B For First Time

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State officials say Ohio set a record for dollar sales of spirituous liquor last year, exceeding $1 billion for the first time.

State alcohol regulators say consumers are looking for "quality over quantity" and buying more premium-priced products than ever before.

A state Department of Commerce report released on Tuesday says there were $70 million more in sales than in 2014. That's an increase of more than 7 percent.

Overall volume consumption increased last year to 13 million gallons, representing a pace of about 4 percent.

State officials say the numbers suggest Ohioans are "trading up" to more premium brands.

Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey were the top sellers in the Buckeye State.

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