Manufacturing industry in Russia had not yet succeeded in satisfying the varied and ever-increasing demands of the home market, and recourse still had to be had to foreign imports. The existing manufactures may be divided into four main groups, those dealing with textiles, metals, food products, and miscellaneous manufactures. During the eighteenth century, the sugar industry was concerned with the refining of cane sugar imported from abroad. Sugar prices were high in Russia, as compared with the prices ruling in Western Europe. The consumption of spirits, increased steadily during the decade preceding the outbreak of the war. Cotton was universally worn by Russian peasants, both for outer and under garments, therefore they might be expected to provide a market of increasing importance for cotton goods as their material conditions improved. The iron industry in Russia had its beginnings in the region of Tula as early as second half of seventeenth century.