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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Officials say Ohio's liquor sales numbers suggest the economyhas more drinking at home instead of going out.

The State Department of Commerce says sales of spirits to suchwholesale buyers as bars and restaurants continued to decline inthe latest fiscal year, while retail sales increased.

Officials say sales by the state's 453 contract liquor agenciesreached a record high of $742.7 million. This was an increase of$12.8 million over sales in fiscal year 2009.

"During the past fiscal year, the Division of Liquor Controlmanaged operations with increased efficiency. Greater net profitand a larger profit margin helped the Division contribute vitalrevenue to the state," said Kimberly Zurz in a release.

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