From the Scotsman:
fewer pints a day now sold in pubs from the height of the market in 1979
10.6 per cent
fall in beer sales in British pubs between April and June this year, compared with the same period last year
less in beer duty and VAT collected by the Treasury in April to June this year, compared with the same period last year
pubs closed each week in the UK over the past year
pubs estimated in Britain in 2008
pubs in Britain in 1980
pubs closed in Scotland in the past two years
78 per cent
fall in profits of major brewers in the UK between 2004-6
The on trade is in trouble and while it can be persuasively argued that by and large the pubs being closed are at the lower end of the market and would have been shaken out by any downturn in social habit and economic fortune, there is a worrying underlying trend for those of us who like to drink beer in pubs.
The 7 million pints less being drunk daily is an astonishing figure. It equates to nearly 25,000 UK barrels a day or the loss of the production of a brewery the size of Highgate, McMullens, or Bathams every day!