Belfast Telegraph

Beer sales fall by 1% as industry stabilises

Beer sales in the first quarter were just 1% down on a year ago, signalling stability after years of decline, a report has shown.

Three successive beer duty cuts and a freeze in this year's Budget have helped to build confidence in the industry, said the British Beer & Pub Association.

Chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: "Beer sales are certainly doing better overall, and there are good prospects for the second quarter, with Euro 2016 and the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations a key draw for pubs.

"To avoid any return to the sharp declines in sales of recent years, we will need continued focus from the Government on the tax burden, not just on beer, but also on pubs, through a fairer business rates regime and other burdens on small business."