After the September 08 “crisis” one of the oft waved stats in trend circles was that non-pub or bar sales in alcohol was rising. Maybe as a reaction to the doom and gloom, the suggestion was that people were buying a load of booze and glugging it down faster than their 401ks were plummeting.

News from the UK is that this trend has ground to a halt and that off-premises trade of beer has declined by 11% in the first quarter of 2009 – the third quarter in a row. The Financial Times reports:

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