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Patrons line up to get into an LCBO outlet as others leave after stocking up with their New Years eve beverages in Mississauga, Ont., in 2007.

J.P. Moczulski/J.P. Moczulski/The Canadian Press

The Ontario government is considering selling all or part of its Crown corporations, including the retail monopoly on liquor sales. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is an arms' length agency of the provincial government.

Here are some facts and figures about the LCBO:

• 608 stores

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• 6,972 employees

• 22,385 products

• $4.27-billion in sales in the 2008-09 fiscal year

• $1.4-billion dividend transferred to the Ontario government in 2008-09, excluding taxes

• 50.8 per cent hold on the Ontario alcohol market

• 48.3 per cent profit margin

• $39-million spent on capital improvements to stores in 2008-09

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• 77 countries from which the LCBO bought products in 2008-09

Source: LCBO

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