DIGI’s Pre-Budget Submission calls for pub and off-licence Task Force

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The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has called for a reversal of 2013’s excise increases in Budget 2014, for the retention of the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector and it has also called for the Government to set up a Task Force to address “the decline of the Irish public house sector and the weakness of the independent off-licence sector”.

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30 August 2013

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The submission points out that in the first three months of 2013 alcohol clearances declined by 4.4% which on an annual basis would reprsent a loss of almost €60 million in VAT revenue.

“In the first four months of 2013 retails sales volumes in bars declined by 4.7%,” states DIGI, “Bar sales volume declined by 36% between 2007 and 2013”.

It points out too that the numbe of publican’s licences declined by 923 or 11% between 2007 and 2013.

 

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