Trends & Reports

Trends & Reports

Analysis of all the latest consumer trends and industry reports to help you operate your business more effectively.

November sales were slow in major pub and restaurant groups

Pub and restaurant sales slow as Christmas approaches

By Lorraine Heller

Pub and restaurant operators will likely face a tough trading environment as we head towards Christmas, as analysts say the latest sector sales figures reveal a challenging time ahead.

Burger King has opened its second dessert bar in Europe in London's Westfield shopping centre

Burger King launches UK dessert bar

By Mark Stretton

Burger King has opened its first UK dessert bar at London’s Westfield shopping centre, the fast food chain has announced.

The UK is currently seeing growth of 0.6 per cent

UK economy continues to recover

By Rachel Johnson

The UK economy has continued to recover from recession in the three months to November, posting growth of 0.6 per cent.

Restaurants are preparing for a bumper year in Christmas party bookings

Christmas party bookings rocket by 73 per cent

By Rachel Johnson

Restaurants are seeing the renaissance of the office Christmas party, with dining out bookings up by 73 per cent on last year, an online reservations agency has said.

Many hospitality operators struggled to cope with freezing weather conditions earlier this year

Hospitality industry resilient to ‘arctic’ weather

By Becky Paskin & Lorraine Heller

The snow and ice affecting many parts of the UK does not seem to have severely affected the hospitality industry, with most restaurants, pubs and hotels continuing to trade as normal.

InterContinental Hotels saw a hike in corporate bookings

Corporate travel and staycations on the up

By Martyn Leek

Higher spending business travellers are back on the road – however elsewhere in the travel sector it appears more modest consumers are staying closer to home

The eating out market is set to grow this year despite the recession

Eating out market set to reach £40.5bn this year

By Martyn Leek

A new report from Allegra Strategies suggests that the UK informal eating-out market will grow by 1 per cent to reach £40.5bn by the end of the year, despite growth being pegged back by recession