How has the bad weather affected sales?
"Things are generally bad, with sales down across everything - but mostly beer. I think it's because people are waiting for the summer, so they can go out to the park. People are coming in to the shop less."
Maiden Wines, London NW5
"Sales are down a lot because in the summer time people usually buy a lot more
chilled drinks, which we have a good selection of. Both beer and wine sales are down. I just hope things get better in the next few weeks!"
Millenium Food & Wine
"It's been really quiet in here. People have just been coming in to top-up their electricity and buy groceries . No one was interested in buying beer or wine."
"Pretty much everything is down
by about 20 per cent . It's one of those bad times."
Barrow -in-Furness, Cumbria
down on last year. The weather has meant that people are buying alcohol during their supermarket shop rather than visiting wine merchants. There's little sign of improvement."