Our year-end trading statement

We’ve made good progress with our Plan and we’ve seen growth across our drinks-led pubs and in brewing. Check-out the rest of our trading highlights from the last year…

  • In Destination and Premium, like-for-like sales were9% above last year. A quieter summer and more drinks-led sales compared to food sales were in line with the market.
  • In Taverns, like-for-like sales were6% above last year. Our community pubs continue to benefit from lots more interest in local beers and craft drinks.
  • In Leased, like-for-like profits are estimated to be up 1% compared to last year.
  • In brewing, we successfully acquired Eagle Brewery in June and have continued to grow our distribution with the Punch B and Hawthorn Leisure deals. We’ve seen a 6% volume increase in own-brewed and growth in both on and off trade.
  • Across the estate, we completed 19 new pubs and bars, as well as eight lodges. We plan to open 15 pubs and six lodges in 2018.

CEO Ralph Findlay said: “Our priority is to focus on quality, service and standards. We are well placed to continue to grow through investment in higher quality pubs and bars, and through our unrivalled beer brand range, supported by high customer service standards.’’

Look out for the prelim results, which will be announced on 30 November.

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