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JD Wetherspoon: number of pubs in the UK and Ireland 2007-2018

Number of JD Wetherspoon pubs in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland from 2007 to 2018

by Jennifer Luty, last edited Aug 6, 2019
JD Wetherspoon: number of pubs in the UK and Ireland 2007-2018 JD Wetherspoon operated an additional 212 pubs across the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland in 2018 compared with 2007, despite a steady decrease in the number of premises from 2015 to 2018. In 2015 there were 951 Wetherspoon pubs in the UK and Ireland, however, this figure dropped to 883 by 2018.
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Along with the increase in outlets over the period, JD Wetherspoon enjoyed an increase in the average weekly sales per pub. Each pub generated average weekly sales of over 44,400 British pounds in 2018, around 14,300 pounds higher than the average weekly sales of Wetherspoon pubs ten years earlier. These sales also saw the company increase revenues significantly, generating 1.69 billion British pounds in 2018. Despite operating fewer outlets, revenues achieved in 2018 remain higher than those of 2015. Bar sales still contributed the most revenue for Wetherspoon in 2018, although the food share of sales has increased. Food sales accounted for 35 percent of revenue, while machines and other revenue streams made up four percent.

Wetherspoon defies national trend

JD Wetherspoon’s increased number of premises comes in the face of a declining number of pubs in the UK over a similar period. Approximately 56,800 pubs operated in the UK during 2007, a number that would drop to just 48,350 in 2017, a total loss of 14.88 percent.

Despite the closure of several thousand pubs, the number of breweries operating in the UK has skyrocketed in recent years. In 2007, the UK was home to 667 registered breweries. By 2017, the number of players in the market increased two-and-a-half fold, reaching 2,430. However, the British Beer & Pub Association notes that just as many smaller operators were emerging, several large-scale breweries were closing their doors.
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