BBPA barometer shows 5% drop in beer sales

BBPA barometer shows 5% drop in beer sales

Friday, January 25, 2013

Beer sales have fallen 4.8pc over the last quarter in UK pubs according to the latest ‘Beer Barometer’ from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). The BBPA said the figure shows a 'pressing need' for a review of the Government’s Beer Duty Escalator policy of above inflation tax hikes for beer in the Budget in March.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “These figures show that the Government needs to stop its full-on tax assault on our vital beer and pub industry. We’ve had tax hikes of 42pc since March 2008, which is hugely damaging and completely unacceptable for such an important manufacturing sector.  

"Instead, we could be protecting and creating jobs at a time when the country most needs it,” she added.

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