A recent study has revealed that the sharp decline of alcohol sales over the past year is not entirely due to the smoking ban.
Since the smoking ban was introduced a year ago, on-trade alcohol sales have fallen by over eight per cent in England and Wales, with food sales barely, if at all, compensating for the decline. But figures released by market company Nielsen, reveal that less than half of the drop can be attributed to the smoking ban.
Neilsen claim that last year’s wet summer certainly added to the downturn, but property company Christie & Co. blame a number of other factors as well.
A spokesperson for Christie & Co said: “The Government has not helped the industry by continuing to raise alcohol duty rates and by allowing the supermarkets to continue to sell beer and alcohol at heavily discounted prices.
“This, combined with the widely reported problems in the financial markets, and accelerating inflation, has led to something of a ‘perfect storm’ for the pub sector.”
Wine sales however do not seem to have been affected so much, benefiting from the ‘increasing importance of food and women to the on-trade’.