Beer sales begin to recover

Beer sales are showing signs of recovery after the largest fall for two years, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said yesterday. Total UK sales for the last three months of 2009 were down 3.6 per cent on the same period in 2008, figures from the industry body revealed. This is the lowest fourth quarter fall for pubs and supermarkets combined since 2006. BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “These figures show a sector starting to claw its way out of a slump.”