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Q3 BBPA Beer Barometer – big bounce for beer sales


UK beer sales rebounded strongly in quarter three, with a 3.9 per cent improvement on the same quarter in 2014, according to the latest figures from the British Beer & Pub Association’s quarterly Beer Barometer, published today.

Boosted by retailers stocking up in readiness for the Rugby World Cup, off-trade sales were astonishingly buoyant, rising by nine per cent from July to September, and recording the highest ever quarter three sales. Though on-trade sales showed a small decline of 1.2 per cent, the long term trend still shows stabilising volumes after years of sharp decline.

In terms of the annual trend, total beer sales are relatively stable, at 0.4 per cent below the previous twelve months, following more challenging figures in the first six months of the year.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive comments:

“Congratulations to Britain brewers on a very strong quarter of sales in what is one of the UK’s most vital manufactured goods.

“There is a real opportunity to build on these strong figures and secure future growth, with continued action to reduce beer duty. Despite positive action from the Government, with three, one penny duty cuts in recent years, duty still places far too great a burden on British brewers and beer drinkers when compared to our main competitors in the European Union.

“With further tax cuts we can create jobs and protect pubs, where beer is the cornerstone of sales.”

Notes to editors:

The full tables including quarterly data can also be downloaded on the BBPA website here.

Beer and pubs – key facts:
• The beer and pub sector supports almost 900,000 jobs - 46 per cent are 16 to 24 year olds
• 82 per cent of the beer sold in Britain is made in Britain
• One job in brewing generates 18 jobs, in pubs, one in agriculture, one in the supply chain and one in retail.
• Pubs rely on beer sales - seven in every ten pub drinks sold is beer.
• Under the beer duty escalator (2008-2013) beer tax rose by 42 per cent. During this period, 7,000 pubs closed and 58,000 jobs were lost.
• After years of above inflation tax rises, beer taxes are still too high. Britons pay 40 per cent of all EU beer duties, but drink just 12 per cent of the beer.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.

The BBPA has a long-established and authoritative reputation for the publication of statistics on the UK’s brewing and pub sector. Data is sourced directly from the Association’s brewing members, and accounts for 100 per cent of all beer sold in the UK.

In addition to the data available with this news release more detailed data is available to purchase from the BBPA. This includes a more detailed look at category performance and monthly breakdowns. For information about purchasing other data from the BBPA, please contact


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