Call for ban on below-cost drink sales
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."