said the 900,000 jobs supported across the country ranged from farmers to brewery technicians and head chefs in pubs.
The increases in duty and supplier costs that had prompted some brands to cut abv (see above) meant supermarkets had struggled to keep prices down, suggested the BBPA
, adding that beer prices were 6% higher in December 2011 than in December 2010.
When approached for comment, a spokesperson for Punch said it supported the statement from Brigid Simmonds, the chief executive of the BBPA
, who said its members had invested pounds 265 million into supporting the leased and tenanted sector over the past year.
2 per cent tax rise in the Budget has yet to surface in the statistics, the BBPA
said the extended bank holiday season may help the second quarter figures, as people flock to pubs to enjoy the Royal wedding and the sunshine.
said the research supported its call on the Government not to raise taxes on beer in next week's Budget.
chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: ''These figures show a sector starting to claw its way out of a recessionary slump.
The "Axe the Beer Tax, Save the Pub" campaign was launched by BBPA
and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in November last year.
These numbers are a stark illustration of the pressures on the pub sector," said BBPA
chief executive Rob Hayward.
has called for a tax freeze in next week's budget, insisting it was "no time to place further regulatory or tax pressures" on pubs.
suggests that volume sales in the period fell by around 10% year-on-year (y-o-y), with sales through retailers (the off-trade) falling by 12% and sales through pubs and bars (the on-trade) falling by 8%.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA
, said: "Whilst the overall trend is moving in the right direction, with the challenges of Brexit, it is vital we continue to enjoy supportive tax policies that boost consumer confidence in beer and pubs.
said under the "disastrous" beer tax escalator, which was abolished two years ago, duty including VAT increased from 42p to 65p on a typical pint, with an estimated 7,000 pubs closing and 58,000 jobs lost after the escalator was introduced in 2008.