April sees sales growth return among restaurant and pub groups

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Sales are up at restaurant and pub groups, but will operators be able to maintain them asks Peter Martin of the Coffer Peach Business Tracker
Sales are up at restaurant and pub groups, but will operators be able to maintain them asks Peter Martin of the Coffer Peach Business Tracker

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A strong Easter weekend helped managed pub and restaurant groups return to growth in April according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker figures.

Like-for-like sales for the 30 companies included in the tracker, including Mitchells & Butlers, PizzaExpress and Wagamama, rose 1.2 per cent on the same month last year with total sales up 5.2 per cent. 

Sales had fallen 0.3 per cent in March, the first drop in 23 months and Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach, which produces the tracker in partnership with Coffer Group, Baker Tilly and UBS, said that while sales were back up for April, March's figures suggested it would not be an easy task to win extra sales.  

“Underlying like-for-like growth appears to be slowing compared to the end of last year, so it will be interesting to see how the public reacts next month now that the uncertainty of the general election has gone and the summer begins,” he said. 

The companies performing best were those running restaurants outside of London, who saw like-for-like sales grow 3 per cent and London's pubs, where like-for-likes were up 2.3 per cent. 

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