Drink-drive Limit Affects December Figures

Belhaven owner Greene King has revealed that sale volumes have been impacted by the introduction of Scotland’s new drink-drive limit. Greene King said that they lost about half a percentage point of same-floorspace sales at its main managed pubs business in the six weeks to 11 January.

Greene King boss Rooney Anand, said, “Sales were encouraging in our retail business over the important two weeks covering Christmas and the New Year, despite a very tough comparative from last year and softer trading in Scotland, following the introduction of tougher drink-driving laws. Outside of those weeks, trading was more volatile, with the weeks before Christmas slightly down on the previous year and soft trading since the New Year.”

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