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The number of small pubs and bars in the UK has increased for the first time in more than 15 years. 

The latest ONS data show that the number of small pubs and bars (that is, those with fewer than 10 employees) increased by 85 (a 0.4% increase) in 2019. This follows more than 15 years of closures. The overall number of pubs and bars in the UK increased by 315 (a 0.8% increase) between 2018 and 2019, the first increase for a decade.

What else does the statistics show?

  • People are spending more on eating out and less on drinking out – Spend on restaurant, café, pub and bar meals, and alcohol, as a percentage of total household spend, UK, between 2001 to 2002 and 2017 to 2018
  •  Real turnover in the latest year of data is at its highest level since the end of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2008 – As well as an increase in the number of pubs and bars in the UK, turnover in the sector increased by £847m (3.8%) in 2017, after inflation is considered. Real turnover in the latest year of data is at its highest level since the financial crisis of 2007 to 2008 ended. Moreover, there were 7,000 more jobs in the sector in 2019 compared with 2018, an increase of 1.6%.

Stephen McCaffrey

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