BBPA calls for halt to beer tax rise following drop in sales

BBPA calls for halt to beer tax rise following drop in sales

The BBPA has called for an urgent halt to more beer tax rises in the Budget on 22 November following a 3.6% drop in beer sales in British pubs.

The 3.6% drop in on-trade sales from July to September represents 35m fewer pints sold in Britain’s pubs, bars and restaurants when compared with the same period in 2016. Beer sales were hit by a 3.9% tax rise in the March Budget, with the chancellor thought to be planning another increase in his second Budget.

“When the government was cutting or freezing beer duty from 2013-15, sales of British beer stabilised, after years of steep decline,” comments Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA. “With sales down this quarter, following the Budget tax hike, urgent action from the chancellor is needed. Beer has had a 39% tax rise in the past decade. With tax rates 14 times higher than in Germany, these levels are unsustainable.”