Monday 22 January 2018

Call for ban on below-cost drink sales

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE group representing independent off-licences has called on the Government to ban below-cost selling of alcohol in a bid to protect 5,300 jobs.

The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA), which represents 315 independent specialist off-licences, said more than 3,000 jobs have already been lost since the start of the recession.

In its pre-Budget submission, it calculated that the Exchequer lost out on €21m through below-cost selling as retailers can claim VAT on the losses they incur.

It also called for a reversal of excise duty increases made in last year's Budget saying the measure is failing to raise the intended extra €180m for state coffers.

Evelyn Jones, chairperson of NOffLA, said: "If the Government doesn't act now, the remaining 5,300 jobs in our sector will be lost forever."

Irish Independent

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