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M&B Q3 trading flat

24 Jul 2014

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has this morning reported that like-for-like sales through its third quarter (14 weeks to 19 July) were flat, with a 0.6% rise in like-for-like food sales offset by a 0.5% decline in drink sales

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AG Barr forecasts 5.6% H1 growth

25 Jul 2014

AG Barr, the drinks supplier, has forecast a 5.6% like-for-like increase in sales revenue to c£135m for the six months to 27 July 2014

Leisure park with six restaurants planned for Burnley

25 Jul 2014

A leisure complex including six restaurants, a coffee shop and a cinema is being planned for Burnley, Lancashire  

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Loungers lines up Leicester Cosy Club

25 Jul 2014

Loungers, the Piper-backed cafe bar operator, has lined up an eighth opening under its Cosy Club format for October this year in Leicester


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

Krombacher Pils sees 64% volume growth

25 Jul 2014

Premium German beer brand Krombacher Pils has reported 64% like-for-like volume growth between January and June 2014

Miller Brands

Peroni lifts Miller Brands Q1 revenues

25 Jul 2014 | By Robyn Black

The ongoing popularity of Italian lager Peroni has driven a 23% lift in UK net revenues for brewing giant SABMiller in the first quarter of the year

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

​Shaftesbury: commercial rents grow 27.2% over five years

25 Jul 2014

Shaftesbury says demand for its shops, restaurants and leisure, offices and residential premises “continues to be very strong”, resulting in growth in rental income and values, with commercial rent reviews increasing rents by 27.2% over a five-year period

Beds & Bars introduces Orderella

25 Jul 2014

Beds & Bars, the bars-meets-hostels group, is the latest operator to introduce Orderella, the mobile ordering app

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

Craft Beer Co

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

Spirit bar staff

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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