if the union bar went up 50% and da vincis up 20-22%, then the statistic is not useless, as one might explain the rise in the union bar from smokers moving in from da vincis, so you would want to expect then a drop in da vincis to counter this change of purchasing.
Simon you are indeed correct. When looking at trends, everyone says "bar takings will drop if we implement a smoking ban in the bars". According to the figures from trading committee this is simply not true.
DV's figures show continued growth through both the previous terms.
The union bar, grew in the first term, but then the growth slowed (it was still up a large amount though).
I am no expert, but having had people talk to me about bringing the first paper to trading committee, I was told that people were starting to find the union bar too smokey, and so went to DV's instead.
the reason why the bar take has gone up is as follows.
1 Southside was closed. In spite of what some people have said, some custom has transferred to Union, prolly because the real ales aren't too bad.
2 Prices went up massively. This was to counter the effects of frittering away money a al Arif.
3 Anecdotally, I get the feeling that more people will come to the Union once it is no-smoking. I only go to the Holland Club on monday nites because it's a pound a pint. But it is intolerably smoky and even the Union Bar's better than that.
if there were some more drinks promo's that didn't only occur on lager and when the rugger players are there, they might even get some more customers!!
and I should know. I've sat on trading much longer than Dave Parry's given up smoking!
I'm from Scotland where a smoking ban has recently come into operation. I was there during the Easter break and I can tell you how nice it is to go out and not have your eyes water from smoke, and to not stink afterwards. Why are England last with everything?
On the other hand, the smell of people becomes much more apparent...