"State Store sales to individuals were up 7.1 percent while sales to licensed establishments were down 2 percent for mid-October to mid-November, the most recent numbers available" from the nation's largest liquor purveyor, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which runs the state's wine and liquor stores, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in this story.

"'We're seeing that our sales are being driven by retail customers who are buying for themselves,'" said a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board spokesman. By contrast, "'we're seeing declines in our sales to (bar and hotel owners)  -- and that may reflect larger economic trends.'" Beer sales are flat, the Trib added.