Stonegate has reported like-for-like sales (lfls) for the 40 weeks to 1 July up 4.6%.

The group recorded a lfls lift of 6.1% for Q3 and for the World Cup period (14 June through to 15 July), lfls grew 19.2%.

Stonegate said that the tournament delivered a total of £11.9m of incremental revenue with beer sales increasing 550% for England games compared to 44% for the rest of the world matches. A total of 4.5 million pints were sold throughout the tournament, peaking in the England vs Croatia semi-final which saw 367,000 pints sold.

Total revenue for the 40 weeks to 1 July 2018 was up 8.4% to £579.4m, with adjusted EBITDA up 9.1% to £84.6m.

The company carried out 96 investments in the period, with a total of 104 expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The group acquired four new pubs in Q3 and 17 sites were disposed of, including three non trading sites.

Post period end, Stonegate acquired 33 Be at One cocktail bars, as well as a portfolio of 15 high quality assets from Novus Leisure, as part of the group’s “continued multi-format growth strategy to consolidate the drink-led market”.

Following these acquisitions, Stonegate comprises 739 sites.

Chief executive Simon Longbottom said: “This has been a record quarter for Stonegate with another period of continued sales, margin and profit growth, supported by strong trading over the Summer and World Cup. This excellent performance is all the more pleasing in that it has been achieved whilst maintaining margin despite continued cost headwinds.

“Our preparation ahead of the World Cup enabled us to maximise the trading opportunity which the tournament presented. We aim to offer our customers the very best sporting experience, creating an atmosphere which is the next best thing to the real event. The Stonegate team rose to the challenge to provide an unrivalled World Cup experience in our pubs and bars up and down the country, generating exceptional sales uplift and further underpinning Stonegate’s leading credentials in sports-led entertainment.”