Lager prices up 4.6% YOY

By Rebecca Weller

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Beer prices: Cost of a pint of lager jumps 4.6% in year to April 2024 (Credit:Getty/Henrik Sorensen)
Beer prices: Cost of a pint of lager jumps 4.6% in year to April 2024 (Credit:Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

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Pint prices in pubs increased 4.6% in the year to April 2024, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

According to the data, released last week, the average cost of a pint of draught lager in pubs was estimated to have stood at £4.75 last month, up 4.6% from £4.54 in April 2023.

On a monthly basis, draught lager prices jumped 0.8%, rising from £4.71 in March.

Draught bitter also saw price increases during this period, rising by 2.9% year-on-year from £3.77 in April 2023 to £3.88.

Price hikes

In addition, month-on-month the cost of a pint of bitter saw a 0.5% price hike compared with March this year, jumping from £3.86.

The previous data showed the cost of a pint of draught lager in the on-trade had seen a 0.5% uptick overall during the first quarter of 2024​.

Analysis of data by The Morning Advertiser (MA)​ showed prices had increased by 2p on the quarter, from £4.69 to £4.71, between January and March this year.

In addition, last month saw a 4.6% year-on-year (YOY) upswing, up from £4.50 in March 2023.

Soaring costs 

Though this was the lowest annual increase of the quarter, the largest being in January, when lager costs soared by 10.8% year-on-year.

In contrast to the ONS data, a recent survey​​ conducted by the MA​ found the on-the-ground average price of a pint of lager in the UK was £4.98, with London unsurprisingly coming out as the most expensive pint in the country while the North-East was found to be the cheapest.

Research conducted by the Gender Pint Gap​ revealed the UK had the lowest percentage of beer drinkers in the world, in particular when it comes to female beer drinkers.

However, the latest Daily Drinks Tracker​ from CGA by NIQ showed the Long Alcoholic Drinks (LAD) category, which includes beer, had performed well so far this month, with beer sales by value across managed venues up 17% in the two weeks to Saturday 18 May alone.

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