Safeway reported champagne sales in the week before Christmas were double those of 1998 and in the week between Christmas and New Year they tripled. This was in line with buyers' predictions. Sparkling wine sales were up 40% and 70% respectively. Keen deals on Carling over the Christmas break were revealed by The Grocer's mystery shoppers. Both Asda in Nottingham and Safeway in Newport offered a 24 pack of 500ml cans for £12.99. Best 25cl stubby deal was £5.89 for 24 in Safeway in Plymouth. Bulmers has signed a joint venture deal with brewer San Kong to build a cider making plant in the Chinese city of Qufu. {{DRINKS }}