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No slowdown yet in consumer demand for pubs (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

No consumer slowdown for pubs yet

By Ed Bedington

The latest ONS figures which show a boost in off-trade sales does not signal a slowing down in the on-trade, industry watchers report.

Official figures: data from the Office of National Statistics found total GDP for the UK in February 2022 grew by 0.1% (image: Getty/atiatiati)

Sector ‘main growth driver' of economy

By Nikkie Thatcher

The accommodation and food services sector activities grew by 8.6% in February 2022 and was the main contributor to the service industry’s growth in that month, official figures have revealed.

Official figures: ONS data revealed the jobs market overall has seen record high numbers of vacancies (image: Getty/Tim White)

134,000 jobs still empty

By Nikkie Thatcher

Job vacancies in the food services and accommodation sector are still at more than 100,000, after rising by 25,000 from the previous quarter, official figures have revealed.

Rising cost: the average price of a pint of lager has increased by 78p in the past 10 years (image: Getty/Juanmonino)

Average cost of a pint rises 2.1% since 2020

By Nikkie Thatcher

The average cost of a pint of draught lager has increased by 9p since August 2020, according to official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Staff shortage: the vacancies in the accommodation and food sector make up just over a tenth of the UK's overall empty job roles (image: Getty/SolStock)

117,000 job vacancies in hospitality sector

By Nikkie Thatcher

There are currently 117,000 vacancies in the accommodation and food service sector – up from 16,000 for the same period (May to July) in 2020, according to official figures.

Craft beer: Does it even exist?

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Brown: The craft of defining artisanal beer

By Pete Brown

Beer writer Pete Brown learned a lot while on assignment recently, but despite asking experts and discovering those in the industry are unsure, his search for clarity on one subject goes on.