Stat of the day: 3.4%

The amount sales of beer fell during 2011, according to the British Beer & Pub Association.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Is Britain about to lose its beer gut? Beer sales in 2011 were at their slowest since 2004, according to figures by the British Beer & Pub Association, which reckons beer sales fell by 3.4% last year – that’s almost 140 million fewer pints than the year before. Apparently, about 14 pubs closed each week until the beginning of June, losing 9,000 jobs. Even supermarkets suffered, with sales falling by 3.7%.

The BBPA pointed out that this probably has something to do with ‘inflation-busting beer tax hikes’ outlined in last year’s budget, but added that things are likely to improve this year, with the Olympics, the Queen’s diamond Jubilee and Euro 2012 all helping to boost sales. We’ll drink to that…

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