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UK losing two pubs a day - Camra

Friday September 16th 2011

Two pubs are closing in Britain every day, reflecting a "perfect storm" of tax increases, cheap supermarket promotions and lack of support for licensees, according to a report today.

A study by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) found that almost double the number of pubs which are "tied" to a company - so-called pubcos - are closing compared to others.

Camra said tied pub licensees were prevented from buying beer on the open market, having to pay up to 45% more than their competitors.

"The number of tied pubs has fallen by 3,216 since 2008 as the large pub companies have failed to support their licensees through tough times.

"The positive news, reflected in the Good Beer Guide, is that the number of free of tie pubs actually increased in number by 425 over the same period," said Camra.

Roger Protz, editor of the Good Beer Guide, said: "These figures show a spiralling decline in the tied pub sector, brought about by big pubcos squeezing their licensees with high beer prices and creating an environment where many publicans are unable to invest in their businesses."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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