Mood swings

England may not have beaten the rest of the world at its favourite sport this summer, but judging by recent updates from the consumer industry the UK is challenging for honours in one of its favourite pastimes: drinking. In particular, supermarkets and purveyors of premium mixers have, like England’s World Cup team, exceeded expectations, and share prices are flying – unlike Ryanair’s strike-stricken planes (see this week’s news spotlight).

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