Off-trade beer sales are bearing up well this year, with sales for the last four quarters up on the same quarter the year before, according to the BBPA. Sales for the second quarter of 2008 were up 3.8% on spring of the year before to 3.6 million barrels, while the lowest sales of the past year, 2.6 million barrels in the first quarter of 2008, were up 13.2% on sales in winter 2007.
But the survey also revealed that overall beer sales were down 4.5% in the second quarter of 2008, with sales in pubs, bars and restaurants down 10.6% in the same period - a drop of 1.6 million pints per day.
The BBPA said the figures confirmed a long-term trend towards drinking at home, adding: "The figures add yet more weight to growing concerns over pub closures, the impact of rising prices and shrinking consumer confidence. In just three short months, the BBPA estimates the Treasury has collected £88†million less in beer duty and VAT than in the same period last year."