Utah Liquor Store

This July 29, 2014, file photo, shows bottles of liquor at a Utah State Liquor Store in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah liquor stores made $11.6 million in sales in the five days leading up to New Year's Day.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reported Tuesday that $3.4 million in sales were made on New Year's Eve alone. That was 322,199 bottles.

The sales figures include the state's 44 liquor and wine stores but don't include lower-alcohol beer sales made at grocery stores.

This year's alcohol sales increased about 9 percent from last year even though stores this New Year's Eve closed early at 7 p.m.

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