Off-trade alcohol prices dip 3.7%
The annual figures for March comprise a fall of 1.2% in spirits, 5.1% in wine and 2.7% in beer while the monthly fall was 1.6% for spirits, 2.1% for wine and 0.9% for beer.
In the on-trade, licensed premises prices rose by 0.6% in the 12 months to March while they level-pegged with the previous month, February.
On-trade price increase in the year to March comprised an increase of 1.0% for spirits, 0.6% for wine and 0.4% for beer with soft drinks and mineral waters rising in price by 0.7%. Wine, beer and soft drinks & mineral water prices all rose by 0.1% on the previous month, February.
Alcohol prices overall fell by 0.7% in the year to March and by 0.5% when compared to the previous month, February. Over the three-month period January to March, prices rose 0.8% compared to the October to December 2015 period.
Nightclub admission prices took another tumble in March, down 2.5% over the year and by 1.9% on the February admission prices.