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  • More liquor sales and gambling increase income of clubs, pubs, taverns and bars - ABS (Media Release)

MEDIA RELEASE

June 24, 1999
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
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More liquor sales and gambling increase income of clubs, pubs, taverns and bars - ABS

Total income in 1997-98 of the clubs, pubs, taverns and bars industries was $14.3 billion, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This was a 28% increase since 1994-95.

While the main source of income for the pubs, taverns and bars industry and the clubs (hospitality) industry was from the sale of liquor and other beverages (52% of total income), income from gambling increased to 32% of total income during 1997-98 compared to 26% in 1994-95.

Pubs taverns and bars industry
The increase in gambling income was greatest for the pubs, taverns and bars industry where gambling income increased from $576 million in 1994-95 to $1,326 million during 1997-98. This represented a 130% increase over the three year period. However the sale of liquor and other beverages, remained the main source of income for pubs, taverns and bars. The sale of liquor and other beverages also increased 24% over the three years.

Overall, total income for the pubs, taverns and bars industry increased by 29% to $8,253 million. However as expenses increased by only 24% to $7,596 million, the industry recorded an operating profit before tax of $681 million. This represented an operating profit margin of 8.3% which was a substantial increase on the 4.1% recorded in 1994-95.

Clubs industry
The main source of income for the clubs industry during 1997-98 was gambling ($3,208 million) or 53% of total income and almost twice the amount of income from the sale of liquor and other beverages. Since 1994-95, gambling income in the clubs industry has increased by 36%.

Overall total income for the clubs industry was $6,013 million. Although total income has increased 27% since 1994-95 there has been a similar increase in total expenses, resulting in only a small change in operating profit margin from 9.2% to 9.4% over the three years.

Combining both industries the number of businesses in Australia's clubs, pubs, taverns and bars has risen by 12% over the three years. The 8,541 businesses in the clubs, pubs, taverns and bars industries employed 148,996 people at June 1998, an increase of 11% since June 1995. Most of this employment increase has occurred in the pubs, taverns and bars industry which increased by 14% over the three years while the clubs industry increased by only 8%.

More details in Clubs, Pub, Taverns and Bars, Australia, 1997-98, (cat. no. 8687.0) available from ABS bookshops. A summary of the publication is also available from this site. The ABS encourages media organisations with online news services to link to the main findings. Please phone us if you need assistance to do this.

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