I know, I know, you're thinking who the hell is he trying to impress? Like who cares? I hear ya brother. Most of the time I read the articles not understanding what I am reading, but hoping by reading it some sort of osmosis action will take place and maybe I can drop an interesting tidbit at a party or get-together with other psuedo intellectuals.
In any case, I did come across an interesting article worth drawing your attention to. It's entitled: Whisky Galore: Which Countries Import Most Scotch Whisky? Without looking at the article, try and guess which country imports the most scotch whisky. The United States, Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, China, Singapore? Go on. Guess. What about Russia? They have a market economy (ok, with some growing pains) and a growing middle and upper middle class. Who do ya think? You'll never guess correctly. Go ahead try anyway.
And the answer is: France! What? Yup! that's no typo mate!
The above chart was taken from the aforementioned Economist article. Pretty shocking! I mean who would a' thunk it? If I had to guess it would have been the United States as they have the population and wealthy middle and upper middle class consumers. Guess I was wrong.
The article also goes on to discuss the emerging middle classes in South America that is responsible for the greatest amount of growth of sales. It's a good thing in my opinion.
I gotta go but read the article. Don't worry it's short and there is no test. Ain't it great when I'm the teacher?
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