Pub sales down 34% since 2007
Sales in Irish pubs have fallen 34 per cent below the levels recorded before the State's property bubble collapsed in 2007.
Bar sales declined 8.2 per cent in volume terms from January to July compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI).
The group said sales in July were down by 11.4 per cent.
"The weakness in the domestic economy and the continued pressure on discretionary income are clearly having a negative effect on the drinks sector with the pub trade suffering disproportionally," it added.
Total alcohol consumption declined 3.2 per cent last year, according to DIGI.