No change of average pint price

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Official figures: the average cost pf a pint of beer remains at £4.62 in September - the same as August (image: Getty/agrobacter)
Official figures: the average cost pf a pint of beer remains at £4.62 in September - the same as August (image: Getty/agrobacter)

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The average cost of a pint draught lager stayed at £4.62 in September – the same price as the previous month, according to official figures.

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) found so far this year, the price has risen from £4.23 in January to the September figure of £4.62 – up 39p.

When compared with the same month last year, the average price was £4.13 in September 2022 – meaning the current average has increased by about 12% over the past 12 months.

In September 2021, the figure was at £3.88 – 6.4% less than 2022 and 19% less than this year.

Source: Office of National Statistics

This comes as the ONS revealed UK inflation held steady last month at 6.7%.

Inflation and duty

On the average pint price rises, licensee of the Tamworth Tap in Staffordshire George Greenway previously told The Morning Advertiser​ operators couldn’t absorb the rising costs and had to pass them on to the consumer.

He added: “Energy and the general cost of materials as well as hourly rates for staff [are] the three ingredients [pushing] the cost of beer.

“I can’t see [how] overheads can go any higher than they have done, or there can’t be as much of a percentage increase we’ve experienced in the past 12 months. It’s got to go steady.

“Tackling inflation and reducing beer duty would mean we would see [better] deals in the marketplace and that could balance things out for the cost of a pint.”

Price changes

A survey conducted by The Morning Advertiser ​last month (September) showed around eight in 10 (82%) of operators charge more than £4 for a pint​ of beer.

Meanwhile, ONS figures also showed food and non-alcoholic beverage prices dropped by 0.1% between August and September compared to a rise of 1.1% for the same period last year, meaning food prices​ saw the first monthly fall in two years.

This resulted in an easing in the annual rate to 12.2% in September – a decrease from 13.6% in August and a high of 19.2% in March, which was the highest rate seen in almost half a century.

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