Excise

Pints sales down: worrying sales figures

Worrying 35m pint drop in beer sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Sales of beer in pubs have suffered a worrying drop, the worst performance in five years, for the third quarter of 2017.

Call for help: the WSTA wants action from the Government on 'triple whammy'

WSTA calls on Government for on-trade help

By Michelle Perrett

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called on the Government to help the on-trade, as it revealed the average price of a 175ml glass of wine has increased by 21p compared to the same period last year.

Rising trend: rum sales have soared by 6% in volume in pubs over the past five years

Rum to break £1bn sales barrier this year

By Nikkie Sutton

Rum sales are expected to top the £1bn mark this year if current consumption trends continue, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has said.

Gin hit: inflation set to hike up the price of gin

Spirits

Gin lovers to be hit by major price hike

By Nicholas Robinson

Spirits drinkers’ pockets are expected to be hit by an inflation-induced price hike, following a similar story for wine, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has warned.

WSTA Government alcohol duty cut to support pubs distillers vineyards

Two percent cut in alcohol duty will support on-trade, WSTA claims

By Ben Winstanley

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called for the Government to back British distilleries and vineyards with a 2% alcohol duty cut in the March Budget, a move they claim will support the growing demand for wine and spirits in the on-trade.

Wetherspoon's says it's on track for a better year than expected

JDW reports positive outlook as like-for-like sales up

By John Harrington

JD Wetherspoon says it expects to achieve a slightly better outcome for its current financial year than previously anticipated, as it reports a 3.5% rise in like-for-like sales in the 11 weeks to 14 July and an increase in operating margins.

Theakston: Profits up 7.5%

Pre-tax profits rise 7.5% for Theakston

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Theakston, the North Yorkshire brewer, saw pre-tax profits rise 7.5% to £1.45m last year, despite seeing its duty bill increase to 48.3% of gross turnover.

'Time to prove that pubs fit with government's agenda,' says Rob Willock

Duty-bound to try again

By Rob Willock

So, after the time and effort the industry expended trying to persuade the Government to halt the alcohol duty escalator, George Osborne dashed our hopes with a single sentence: “Today I have no further changes to make to the main duty rates set out by...

Martin: tax needs to be fairer

JDW: beer duty may inhibit plans

Tim Martin, the founder and chairman of JD Wetherspoon (JDW), has said that the 823-strong managed-pub operator may consider scaling back expansion plans if a further increase in beer duty occurs.

Supermarkets: below-cost ban not in Bill

Government explains off-trade inaction

By Ewan Turney

Concerns over price fixing, commercial confidentiality and enforcement led to the below-cost ban on alcohol being dropped from the new Bill.

Heineken: first quarter volumes up

Heineken volumes boosted by S&N deal

By Ewan Turney

Heineken has reported a 12% increase in beer volumes in the first three months of 2009 thanks to the the acquisition of Scottish & Newcastle...

Darling: pin him to your dartboard

Download your Darling dartboard

By MA Team

It now seems to be official — Chancellor Alistair Darling wants to kill off the pub trade. Yesterday's news that Darling had agreed to cut his duty...

Fight the Hikes!

Fight the Hikes!

By Fight the Hikes

Join the battle to overturn the massive duty hikes promised for the next four years by the Chancellor