Fuller Smith & Turner proved that there is still life in pubs if you run them properly, growing sales and profits. The family controlled company – which has 350 pubs in the South of England and is famed for its London Pride and other real ales – appeared in most of the nationals after unveiling its first half results yesterday. It said it had seen like-for-like sales increase by 3.3% at its managed pubs and hotel arm and also reported what it described as a “robust” 1% growth in the same key metric at its leased and tenanted pub division. Fuller’s said revenue had improved by 4% to £121.5m and reported an 11% increase in adjusted profit before tax of £15.7m. Profit before tax was up by 11% at £16.8m and ebitda was £24.1m, an increase of 6% year on year. Chairman Michael Turner said that while government cutbacks were a concern, they would likely hit Fuller's southern heartland less than other parts of the country which are more reliant on the public sector. The Times, p70; The Independent, p53