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Pubs & Bars in the UK: Market Research Report

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Pubs & Bars Market Research Report | SIC I56.302 | Feb 2017

Crawling along: Economic uncertainty and long-term consumer trends cause continued contraction

IBISWorld’s Pubs & Bars market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Market Share of Companies
Greene King plc Greene King plc market share
J D Wetherspoon J D Wetherspoon market share
Mitchells & Butlers Mitchells & Butlers market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Conditions in the British Pubs and Bars industry remain challenging. Legislative, social and economic trends have all negatively affected industry revenue and profit performance. Despite a stronger consumer backdrop in recent years, increases in beer duty, declining alcohol consumption and competition from cheap supermarket alcohol have weighed on many operators. Furthermore, industry players have been pinched by the rising prices of beverages and food, rising rents and increased business rates. Tenanted publicans that had to purchase beer from a particular operator were hit especially hard when debt-laden pub companies increased rent and beer prices in order to pay off their debts... purchase to read more

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Selling beer is the industry's most important revenue stream and is expected to account for 33.2% of revenue in 2016-17. Historically, this segment has been much larger, but it has steadily lost share to food and competing beverages such as wine, spirits and cider. Overall per capita beer consumption has decreased over the past decade, though it still remains Britain's favourite alcoholic beverage. Expenditure on beer has not fallen as much as total consumption since consumers have generally shifted up the value spectrum, drinking more craft beers and premium lagers. High beer duty has also played a role in this. During the past five years, the decision by many operators to focus on food has also led to a relative decline in beer sales.

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What is the Pubs & Bars Industry?

Pubs and bars prepare and serve beverages for consumption on their own premises. The industry includes only individuals and companies that operate pubs. Companies that own but do not operate pubs, such as property companies and pub companies (pubcos), are not covered in this industry.

Industry Products
BeerSpirits and spirit-based drinksWineFoodCider
Industry Activities
Preparing and serving alcoholic beverages Serving non-alcoholic beverages Preparing and serving food

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