CHAMPAGNE SALES ON THE RISE

THIRSTY drinkers in emerging economies shrugged off worries over the global economy last year, splashing out more of their hard-earned cash on imported champagne. China, Russia and Brazil all imported more than a million bottles of champagne each, while India’s appetite spiked by a head-spinning 58.7 per cent to 290,286 bottles. But Britain remains the biggest consumer, importing 34.5m bottles. Picture: GETTY