13 July, 2007

How has the bad weather affected sales?

"Things are generally bad, with sales down across everything - but mostly beer. I think it's because people are waiting for the summer, so they can go out to the park. People are coming in to the shop less."

Rakesh Patel

Maiden Wines, London NW5

"Sales are down a lot because in the summer time people usually buy a lot more

chilled drinks, which we have a good selection of. Both beer and wine sales are down. I just hope things get better in the next few weeks!"

Yasin Gok

Millenium Food & Wine

London SE11

"It's been really quiet in here. People have just been coming in to top-up their electricity and buy groceries . No one was interested in buying beer or wine."

Amjad Khan

Chesterfield Wines

Barnet, Herts

"Pretty much everything is down

by about 20 per cent . It's one of those bad times."

Mark Cleasby

Graeme's Off-licence

Barrow -in-Furness, Cumbria

"It is

down on last year. The weather has meant that people are buying alcohol during their supermarket shop rather than visiting wine merchants. There's little sign of improvement."

George Wroblewski

Smithfield Wine


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