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UK Beer Sales Plunge

Apr 29, 2009 - Beer sales in the UK plummeted by more than 8% in a year, underlining the ongoing pressure on the ailing drinks and hospitality industry in the grip of the recession.

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The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said fall in sales in the first quarter of 2009 was by far the highest first-quarter fall since 1997.

The breakdown of sales across all outlets showed poor results even for the off-trade sector, where despite many consumers opting to drink more cheaply at home, supermarket and off-licence beer sales dipped by 11%.

The new figures come less than a week after the chancellor announced plans to press ahead with a 2% rise in alcohol duty in the budget.


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