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07-02-2018, 14:31
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The British Beer & Pub Association have published their latest Quarterly Beer Barometer (http://www.beerandpub.com/news/beer-sales-rise-at-the-end-of-2017-chancellor-s-duty-freeze-a-timely-boost-to-sales-says-bbpa) statistics, bringing the series up to the end of 2017. These show an overall rise in annual beer sales of 0.7%, only the second positive figure since 2004, which must be good news for the brewing industry.
However, unsurprisingly, the total figure is made up of a 3.6% rise in off-trade sales, partially offset by a 2.4% fall in the on-trade. On-trade sales have never shown an annual rise over the entire twenty-year period covered by the figures, and now only account for 47% of the total, so that particular tipping point is long gone. Total on-trade sales are now 33% below the 2007 figure.
So it’s hardly surprising that we continue to see a steady drip drip drip of pub closures, as I recently reported (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/a-cold-dry-january.html) in Stockport.

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