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​JD Wetherspoon Implements 3% Price Hike Amid Cost Pressures

​JD Wetherspoon Implements 3% Price Hike Amid Cost Pressures

Posted by Emma on 9th Feb 2024

JD Wetherspoon has implemented a strategic price adjustment across its bars and restaurants, responding to significant cost increases. The company, which operates 814 locations, has announced an average price increase of 3% on its diverse offerings. Their statement detailed the adjustments: "Most prices in Wetherspoon pubs have increased by 3.95% from Thursday, 1 February 2024. Some prices have increased by less. Ruddles Bitter has increased by 1%. Bud Light lager, Stowford Press Cider, and Doom Bar bitter have seen a 2% increase. Notably, Draught Pepsi's price remains unchanged. The average increase across all bar and food products is 3%."

Tim Martin, the Chairman, highlighted the challenges facing the pub industry, particularly the cost disparities compared to supermarkets. He pointed out that labour costs account for about 30% of pub sales versus around 10% in supermarkets, allowing retail stores to undercut pub prices. Despite the recent price adjustments, Martin assures customers that Wetherspoon's offerings remain competitively priced, stating, "Wetherspoon, like most pub companies, has seen some big cost increases. We believe that our prices remain competitive, even after these changes."

The company also shared positive news in its January trading update, with notable increases in bar sales (11.8%), food sales (7.9%), and room sales (3.1%). Additionally, Wetherspoon has continued to expand its footprint, including a £2.3 million investment in a new pub near London's Euston station and a unique partnership with Haven to open pubs at holiday parks.

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