Hard times for British pubs

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The fortunes and misfortunes of one of Britain’s greatest institutions, the public house, was put under the microscope  by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures show nearly a quarter of pubs across the country have closed since 2008, but the turnover of the industry is holding up and the number of people working in bars is on the rise.

Figures show the number of small pubs decreased by 40 percent between 2001 and 2018 from 38,830 to 22,840, while the number of larger pubs increased by 17 percent from 13,670 to 15,975.

ONS said the latest data confirms the large fall in the number of pubs, from around 50,000 pubs in 2008 to around 39,000 pubs in 2018.

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