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27-04-2011, 13:43
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There’s some consolation for the British brewing industry in the latest beer sales figures from the BBPA (http://www.beerandpub.com/newsList_detail.aspx?newsId=406), which show that in the first quarter of 2011, the decline compared with the equivalent quarter last year had eased from 5.0% to 3.8%, with both on- and off-trade showing a similar reduction.

However, looking at the annualised figures, on-trade sales are still 6.5% down on the previous year and annual on-trade volumes are now only just above 14 million barrels. Let us see if April’s good weather and the run of four bank holidays give the pub trade a boost, or if the duty hikes in the Budget lead to a further downward spiral.

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