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According to the World Spirits Alliance, the leaders of alcohol sales in the world are China ($215B), the US ($60B), Russia and India ($20B each). In Russia, about $12B comes from beer, $4B - wine, $3B - vodka. The leaders in alcohol production: China (36.8%), the UK (12.7%), the US (8.2%), France (5.7%), India (5.7%), Mexico (5.1%), Russia (2.3%), Japan (2.3%). In June 2024, 124,394 new passenger cars were sold in Russia, about 1.5 times more than in June 2023 (82,408 units). In January-June 2024, 719,311 new passenger cars were sold, 79% more than in the same period in 2023 (401,567 units). Sales leaders: AvtoVAZ (207,404), Haval (81,450), Chery (71,357), Geely (69,102), Changan (48,702). In Jan-May 2024, according to the Ministry of Finance, the deficit of the federal budget of Russia amounted to 983 B rubles ($11 B, 0.5% of GDP). In Jan-May 2023, it was 3 T (1.8%). Revenues - 14.289 T (+45.5%), expenses - 15.272 T (+18.9%). Non-oil and gas revenues - 9.338 T (+34%), oil and gas revenues - 4.951 T (+73.5%). In 2023, according to the Federal Tax Service of Russia, about 196 thousand citizens (0.3% of all taxpayers) had an annual income above 10M rubles (111K USD), 364 thousand (0.5%) - 5-10M rubles (55-111K USD), 11.2 million people (17.1%) - 1-5M rubles (11-55K USD), 53.6 million people (82.1%) - less than 1M rubles (11K USD). According to Kpler, Europe remains the main export destination of Russian liquefied natural gas: in April 2024 - 46% (1.31M tons), Asia - 34% (1M tons), the remaining 20% (0.57M tons) - "unknown destinations". In Q1 2024, exports amounted to 11.53M tons (+3.1%). Exports to Europe were down 15% in April compared to March, but shipments to "unknown destinations" were up nearly 18%. More notes from Russia »
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