THE owner of Tennent's Lager has declared profits from its Scottish operation would have been stronger in its latest financial year had it not been for the impact of Scotland's stricter drink drive limit.
THE relationship between police and Scotland's licensed trade is at risk of collapse because of the force's heavy-handed interventions and aggressive attitudes of officers, industry leaders claim.
Licensed trade chiefs have called for alcohol sales to be taxed at a lower rate in pubs than in supermarkets to help the industry combat falling sales.
PUB landlords are fighting to save their livelihoods after the biggest survey of the industry since Scotland's tough new drink-drive limits were imposed revealed another slump in alcohol sales.
Scotland's licensed trade has called for the government to help prevent mass pub closures after bar alcohol sales plunged by up to 60 per cent since the introduction of strict new drink-drive limits.