Surge in beer sales sees the first growth in the third quarter for more than 15 years.

Across the pub trade sales grew by nearly one per cent, according to figures provided by the British Beer and Pub Association's (BBPA) barometer.

Total beer sales grew by 4.4 per cent on the same period in 2017, driven by the success of England in the World Cup as well as the good weather over the summer months.

But the BBPA warned that the sctpr cannot rely on good trade from football tournaments, which only come around every two years with the Euros and the World Cup.

The BBPA welcomed the Chancellor's decision to freeze beer duty and cut business rates for thousands of pubs in his most recent Budget, but said uncertainty around Brexit was "a major concern for the brewing and pub sector".

Pubs have already seen punters starting to tighten the purse strings ahead of leaving the EU in March 2019, and the BBPA called for clarity on the transition period to reassure brewers and publicans.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: "It's certainly good to see that beer sales are doing better overall. England's success at the World Cup and good weather undoubtedly helped.

"The Chancellor's decision in the Budget to freeze beer tax and lower business rates for thousands of pubs will make a huge difference to the viability of the sector moving forward, but Brexit looms large though and brewers and publicans alike need certainty.

"Clarity on the transition period from March 29 onwards and a strong steer on the future relationship with the EU would be a boost to the trade and beer sales. A no deal Brexit should be avoided at all costs."