Sales of beer in UK pubs declined by 4% in 2007, according to market research company Market & Business Development (MBD), while sales of wines and ciders grew by 1%.
This decline in beer turnover consolidated a 1% drop in consumption in 2006. Factors behind the fall included competition from cheap supermarket alcohol, the smoking ban, and a general switch among consumers towards other drinks.
Sales from food, however, grew by 3% in 2007, while turnover from other drinks and bag snacks increased by 1%.
MBD predicts further falls in beer sales during the four years to 2012 while food, wines and ciders, bag snacks and accommodation will continue to increase their share of the sales mix.
The UK Public Houses Market Development report is compiled quarterley and annually by Market & Business Development. It costs £600 for a single annual report or £725 for four quarterly reports.
Turnover of public houses in the UK, by product
|Spirits & liqueurs||£1.36b||£1.34b||£1.32b|
|Wines & ciders||£810m||£789m||£812m|
|Soft drinks & bag snacks||£1.55b||£1.65b||£1.74b|
|Spirits & liqueurs||£1.34b||£1.36b||£1.41b|
|Wines & ciders||£825m||£838m||£883m|
|Soft drinks & bag snacks||£1.76b||£1.79b||£1.86b|
|Spirits & liqueurs||£1.38b||£1.34b||£1.35b|
|Wines & ciders||£896m||£887m||£927m|
|Soft drinks & bag snacks||£1.88b||£1.9b||£2.08b|
† Other includes cigarettes and gaming machines
\* represents forecast figures
Source: MBD and trade estimates