Report warns over beer tax rises
The British Beer & Pub Association said pub beer sales were down by 4.3% from July to September compared with last year - equivalent to 45 million fewer pints over the quarter - while sales increased in supermarkets and off-licences.
Brigid Simmonds, the association's chief executive, said: "There is no doubt that pubs continue to bear the brunt of Britain's punitive tax policies on beer.
"We've seen beer tax rise by 35% since March 2008, with Britons now paying an astonishing 40% of all the beer taxes collected in the entire European Union. This is still shutting pubs and costing jobs, in a sector that could create growth in the economy.
"We certainly don't need the further beer tax rises the Government is planning under a misguided tax escalator policy. Instead, we want to welcome everyone to support their local pub and play their part in their local community."
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