Glass getting half empty as pubs see 14 percent drop in December sales

pubs 14 percent drop December sales CGA drinks recovery tracker
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The CGA’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed a further decline in alcoholic drink sales across managed pubs in the UK, with figures for the week to 4 December 14 percent down on the same period in 2019.


The fall follows a 12 percent drop during the previous week, as the government’s Plan B restrictions continue to impact footfall across UK hospitality during the traditionally buoyant festive season.

“These numbers show it has been a very tough start to December for the drinking-out sector,” said CGA MD Jonathan Jones. “New Covid-19 restrictions have come at the worst possible time, and are particularly bad news for nightclubs and large venues in Britain’s town and city centres.”

“On top of rising costs and supply issues, they are going to cause severe problems for hospitality well into 2022, and businesses deserve sustained government support on rates, VAT and more to help them get through an extremely difficult period.”

During the seven days covered in the most recent CGA report, average sales fell between 6 and 15 percent on 2019 on every day, with Friday and Saturday recording the largest decline.

Spirit sales were down 3 percent, beer and cider down 17 percent, wine down 20 percent and soft drinks down 14 percent.

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