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27-07-2013, 16:31
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The latest issue of the BBPA Beer Barometer (http://www.beerandpub.com/news/uk-beer-sales-down-4-8-per-cent-in-q2-new-beer-barometer-from-the-bbpa), covering the quarter to the end of June, reveals nothing new. Overall beer sales are down by 4.8% on a year-on-year basis, but the long-term shift from on- to off-trade seems to have stalled. It is now six years since the imposition of the blanket smoking ban, and over that period on-trade beer sales have fallen by 28%, as opposed to a 10% fall in the off-trade.
Remind me again why we need new curbs on drinking...

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