The Restaurant Group (TRG) has reported like-for-like sales in the 19 weeks to 12 May up 2.8%.

In a statement released ahead of its AGM, the group said total sales were up 57% in the period, reflecting the benefit from the Wagamama acquisition and the record number of pubs and concessions sites opened during 2018.

TRG reported the same level of increase in lfls after 10 weeks, at which point Wagamama revealed third quarter lfs up 9.1%. Brand performance was not separated out in this morning’s update but chairman Debbie Hewitt said Wagamama had continued to “significantly outperform in its core UK market” and that pubs business was consistently trading ahead of peers. She said the Concessions business had traded well and that TRG remains focused on “optimising our Leisure business against the backdrop of a declining market”.

She added: “We are comfortable with the performance in the first 19 weeks of the current financial year and remain focused on realising the synergies from the Wagamama acquisition, executing on our multi-pronged growth strategy and optimising our Leisure business.”

The company said there was no further update as yet on when new chief executive Andy Hornby would join the business.

Meanwhile, Wagamama issued a statement celebrating outperforming the market by 9.5% over the last five year.

Chief executive Emma Woods said: “The wagamama team are unbelievably chuffed to have reached the five year milestone of outperforming the Peach tracker (that’s 260 weeks!).  We love the restaurant sector, love our guests and admire all our restaurant business friends who also serve them tirelessly day in, day out.  There are plenty of commentators who will happily tell you that this sector is doomed but today we stand proud and say this needn’t be the case. Discerning customers will always choose brands and businesses who have a real passion for what they do; starting with happy teams who deliver great food and great service.  We’re very proud that wagamama is in great company in delivering that.”