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​Starbucks sees fifth quarter of growth in EMEA

25 Jul 2014

Starbucks has reported its fifth consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth across its operations in Europe, driven by a strong performance in the UK

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​Noble Inns to launch bar/restaurant concept

25 Jul 2014

Noble Inns, the four-strong London-based gastropub operator, is to launch a new concept, a “bar/restaurant” called Bad Egg, in the City towards the end of the year

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Pub beer sales grow by fastest rate this century

25 Jul 2014 | By Noli Dinkovski

A second consecutive beer duty cut, the World Cup and a late Easter are all believed to have played their part in a 2.6% jump in beer volume sales for April to June, says the British Beer & Pub Association

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​Inventive Bar Co names first head of sales

25 Jul 2014

Inventive Bar Company, the Revolution and Revolución de Cuba operator, has named its first head of sales responsible for growing pre-booked sales across the group

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Square Pie sets out expansion plans

25 Jul 2014

Square Pie, the gourmet pie shop chain, aims to have grown from its current five-strong estate to 40 UK outlets by 2018 and launch internationally

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Emeny: there's 'pent up demand' for good London pubs

25 Jul 2014

A “scarcity” of high-quality freehold pubs in London is creating “pent up demand”, according to Simon Emeny, CEO of Fuller’s, which recently spent c£7m acquiring a pub in Covent Garden

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Findlay: TV sport less important to pubs

25 Jul 2014

Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has told M&C Report that the importance of sport on TV in pubs is “not what it used to be” as customers choose to watch events at home

More people drink in the home than outside it

25 Jul 2014

More people drink in the home than outside it, according to new research that nevertheless finds that the volume of alcohol sold for drinking at home would have declined almost 3% between 2009 and 2014


Burns reiterates Hold for Marston's

25 Jul 2014

Leading analyst Karl Burns has reiterated his Hold recommendation for Marston’s following its Q3 interim management statement yesterday

Weetons eyes expansion

25 Jul 2014

Weetons, the Yorkshire-based foodhall and café concept, is planning to expand into major cities in the north of England after receiving new investment

Inside Track


Shopping around for the right mix

21 Jul 2014

Shopping nowadays is as much ‘experience-based’ as it is ‘needs-based’. While online offers the best value and convenience, shopping centres will always have the upper hand from an experiential point of view. At least for the time being argues Richard O’Sullivan, the co-founder and CEO of Boost Juice Bars UK, who previously co-founded the 100-plus retail chain, Millie’s Cookies

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Honing his craft

18 Jul 2014

Craft Beer Co has grown to be a leading player in the craft beer bar scene in recent years. Managing director Martin Hayes discusses the past, present and future of the company, and offers his take on craft beer in general

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Little brother comes of age

16 Jul 2014

Just over a year on from joining YO! Sushi, the group’s new CEO Vanessa Hall talks to Mark Wingett about the brand, its people and the opportunities ahead


Q2 trading update

15 Jul 2014

M&C Report talks to pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the second quarter of 2014, with reflections on the first six months of the calendar year. The consensus is that the strong first quarter had broadly continued in Q2, aided to some extent by the weather and sporting fixtures, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

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Rising stars needed to beat talent timebomb

14 Jul 2014

The ability to attract and retain new talent is one of the eating and drinking-out industry’s most significant challenges. Many school and university leavers continue to believe that the sector is not a viable career path for them to embark on

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