Bristol has seen faster growth in managed pub and restaurant sales than any other major British city, according to CGA’s latest ‘Top Towns’ report, - whilst Walsall in the Midlands is performing best among towns.

The analysis of sales for the four-week period to 11 August, based on CGA’s Trading Index database shows that sales in Bristol rose by 5.6% year on year. There was also strong growth in Leeds (5.1%), Edinburgh (4.6%) and Cardiff (3.8%).

The figures confirm recent CGA research indicating a high rate of new openings in major city centres beyond London.

In the capital, the Top Towns research paints a mixed picture, with sales in the north west and south east regions of London up by 9.0% and 8.2% respectively, but rising only modestly in the north (0.9%) and east (2.2%).

Among British towns, year on year sales for the four weeks to 11 August in Walsall rocketed by 21.8%.

There were also very strong sales in other Midlands towns, including Dudley (10.2%) and Wolverhampton (10.0%).

At the other end of the scale, Gillingham and Colchester saw the sharpest drops in sales year on year, of 10.1% and 10.0% respectively.