The UK’s pubs and bars experienced a difficult bank holiday weekend, with trading impacted by a combination of bad weather and deep supermarket discounting, it was revealed today. The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) said the difficult trading climate for the sector was made even worse by supermarkets, which took advantage of key holidays to push their discounting. The body, however, pointed out that like-for-like sales were set to be flat as the weather was equally bad last year. Kate Nicholls, head of communications at ALMR, said: “The terrible weather across much of the country hit our sector hard this weekend. “This situation was not helped by the ever-irresponsible supermarkets once again taking the opportunity to sell alcohol at below-cost. Such a climate makes it very hard for our already pressed pubs to compete. “The one glimmer of sunlight is that the weather was equally miserable this time last year, so like-for-like sales may not look too bad. If there is anything the great British pub has experience of it is trying to deal with the great British weather!