Beer sales in pubs up by highest rate this century, according to BBPA

By Noli Dinkovski

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The BBPA has welcoemd the latest beer sales figures
The BBPA has welcoemd the latest beer sales figures
Pubs have recorded their highest rate of quarterly growth in beer volume sales this century, the latest UK quarterly Beer Barometer from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.

A second consecutive beer duty cut, the World Cup and a late Easter are all believed to have played their part in a 2.6% jump in beer volume sales for April to June this year.

It was the first quarterly beer sales increase in pubs in more than two years.

Volume sales in off-licences and supermarkets fared even better, with an increase of 16.9% on the same quarter in 2013.

It is also the first 12-month period since the survey began in 1997 where off-trade volume sales of beer were higher than on-trade sales.

Overall combined volume beer sales were up by 9.5% for the quarter.

Annual sales

The positive quarter also helped moving annual total (MAT) beer volume sales in pubs recover to a 0.6% deficit. At the end of the previous quarter (to the end of March), they were down 2.6% for the year.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said the figures showed “in dramatic fashion the continued impact of the Government’s decision to cut beer duty again, to encourage consumers towards our low-strength, British-made national drink”.

According to Simmonds, the boost for pubs is especially welcome.

“Two previous World Cup tournaments were unable to turn around declining sales – these new figures indicate that the industry is moving in the right direction.

“With further cuts in beer duty, we can deliver on investment, growth and jobs.”

BBPA Beer Barometer Q2 2014

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Posted by David Pott,

As a pub that provides live music on a regular basis from time to time I purchase P.A. equipment.
There is a very competitive German company which we deal with from time to time.
As we are a UK VAT registered business (which they did confirm) and they are a German VAT (or what ever they call it), registered they do not charge us VAT on the inter business transactions.
The VAT only becomes applicable when sold to an end consumer. Or in the case of to a VAT registered purchaser when using the purchase for non-commercial use.
No one but no one gets any advantage or disadvantage in commerce between VAT registered businesses. VAT is only on the price at point of sale to the end consumer.

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Posted by Robert Feal-Martinez,

VAT really is a quite simple concept.

If VAT on Sales in a VAT period exceeds VAT on cost of sales then the business pays the difference to HMRC.

Conversely if the VAT of sales is less than that on purchases the business is entitle to a refund.

All the rest is just semantics.

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Posted by David Pott,

Before the days not so long ago, of dirt cheap supermarket booze there were booze cruises.
Herds of people flocked across the channel to stock up on UK branded booze, often in owned by UK supermarkets.

At least now most of the cheap booze is UK VAT and duty paid. Even home brewing is now too expensive compared with the supermarkets.

Decimating the homebrew economy probably far outstrips the loss in VAT revenue in the on-trade, off-trade end price differential.

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