The number of UK hospitality and catering outlets dropped marginally in 2008 to 262,134 establishments, down from 263,053 the previous year.
The steepest fall was seen in the pub sector, where outlet numbers dropped by 2.9%, while hotels suffered a marginal decline. Restaurants, on the hand, continued the year-on-year increase in numbers seen since 2003.
The total number of meals served in 2008 fell by 2.8% to 8.5 billion. Although numbers grew marginally in the cost sector, total meals fell across all the profit sectors. Hardest hit were restaurants, with meal numbers down by 4.5%, followed by quick-service restaurants (-3.3%) and hotels (-1.8%). The decline in the pub and leisure market was marginal.
Food and drinks sales, however, continued to grow slowly except in restaurants and pubs. The average price per meal grew across all profit sectors, by 4.4% in hotels (to £11.88) and by 4% in restaurants, to £11.98.
The figures cover both the profit sector (which includes hotels, restaurants, quick-service outlets, pubs and leisure venues) and the cost sector comprising catering in business and industry, healthcare, education and Ministry of Defence sites.
These figures are reported in British Hospitality: Trends and Statistics 2009, published by the British Hospitality Association.
The full report (which is free to BHA members) can be bought for £250 (for the printed version) or £175 (for a PDF file). For enquiries or orders, phone 0207 404 7744 or contact Philippa Brady.
NUMBER OF OUTLETS IN ALL SECTOR AND NUMBER OF MEALS SERVED
|Meals served||771 million|
|2.11 billion||2.04 billion|
|1.152 billion||1.061 billion|
|PROFIT SECTOR OUTLETS||173,781||172,640|
|BUSINESS & INDUSTRY|
|1.066 billion||1.075 billion|
|1.044 billion||1.049 billion|
|1.121 billion||1.126 billion|
|258 million||260 million|
|COST SECTOR OUTLETS||89,272||89,494|
|All meals served||8.726 billion||8.535 billion|
All food sales
All food & drink sales
|Meals served||642 million||644 million||652 million|
|Meals served||721 million||734 million||754 million|
|Meals served||1.981 billion||2.006 billion||2.058 billion|
|Meals served||1.095 billion||1.104 billion||1.131 billion|
|Meals served||528 million||533 million||535 million|
|PROFIT SECTOR OUTLETS||173,355||173,237||173,198|
|BUSINESS & INDUSTRY|
|Meals served||1.065 billion||1.063 billion||1.085 billion|
|Meals served||1.04 billion||1.047 billion||1.044 billion|
|Meals served||1.271 billion||1.246 billion||1.121 billion|
|Meals served||240 million||244 million||251 million|
|COST SECTOR OUTLETS||89,593||89,745||89,689|
|All meals served||8.583 billion||8.62 billion||8.641 billion|
|All food sales||£26.227b||£27.854b||£28.565b|
|All food & drink sales||£35.275b||£37.486b||£38.478b|
|Profit sector total||173,516||173,771||173,369|
|Business & industry||20,872||20,869||20,875|
|Cost sector total||88,995||89,199||89,542|
|Total number of outlets||262,511||262,970||262,910|
|Number of meals served||8.439 billion||8.471 billion||8.488 billion|