Belfast Telegraph

Union leaders warn of pub closures as sales dip

Union leaders have warned of fresh pub closures because of falling beer sales and rising rents.

The GMB said sales had "fallen off a cliff" last year, made worse by the increase in VAT, claiming that pubs were being priced out of the market.

National officer Paul Maloney said the difference between alcohol prices in pubs and supermarkets was wider than ever.

Beer sales in pubs last year was down by 5.9%, compared with 0.28% for supermarkets, according to a report by the GMB.