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Storms ‘batter’ UK drinks sales, CGA finds

Beer was down 22%, cider was down 23%, wine was down 25%, and soft drinks were down 27% from pre-Covid levels

Average drinks sales by value for managed pubs, bars and restaurants were down 18% in the week to last Saturday, 19 February, compared to the same period in 2020, as a result of both storm Dudley and Eunice meaning many consumers decided not to venture out.

Friday 18 February, when Storm Eunice peaked and sales slumped 27%, was the worst hit day of the week, while Dudley triggered a 12% drop on both Tuesday and Wednesday (15 and 16 February).

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