One in ten pubs to cease trading by 2011

Twelve per cent of pubs across the UK
will cease trading in the next four years as the effects of the nationwide
smoking ban takes hold, according to
by PwC.

Stephen Broome, licensed sector industry specialist at PwC, said the firm
expected 5,000 venues out of some 58,000 licensed pubs, bars and nightclubs to
close for business by 2011.

This works out to a rate of roughly 20 a week.

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