Tim Martin at the Pub Conference

JDW H1 lfls up 6.1%

16 Mar 2018

JD Wetherspoon has reported a 6.1% rise in like-for-like sales for the 26 weeks to 28 January.

C&C sees Magners return to volume growth

13 Mar 2018

C&C Group has reported a return to volume growth for Magners in the 12 months to 28 February.

Tasty axes openings plan for 2018

13 Mar 2018

Tasty, the Wildwood and Dim T brands, has said it does not intend to open any new restaurants in 2018 as it focuses on restructuring its existing portfolio.


Analysts Corner: Domino’s Pizza

09 Mar 2018

Following Domino’s Pizza full-year results yesterday, a leading analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown gives his take of the company’s performance. 

Andy McCue, The Restaurant Group

McCue: Expect positive lfls in second half

08 Mar 2018

The Restaurant Group chief executive Andy McCue has predicted that the company will see a retutn to positive like-for-like sales growth in the second half of this year.

Frankie and Bennys

TRG pre-tax profits fell 26.4% in 2017

07 Mar 2018

The Restaurant Group saw adjusted pre-tax profits fall 26.4% to £56.7m over what it described as a “transitional” year in 2017

Shepherd Neame H1 turnover up 6.3%

06 Mar 2018

Shepherd Neame grew like-for-like EBITDAR 2.1% across its tenanted and leased pub estate in the 26 weeks to 23 December, while like-for-like sales in its managed arm also grew 2.1%.

Bella Italia exterior

Diversification underpins CDG lfl growth

02 Mar 2018

Casual Dining Group has said that its current trading is ahead of the market, as it reported “positive low-digit” like-for-like sales growth


AB InBev sees double digit growth in UK

01 Mar 2018

AB InBev saw double-digit top-line growth in the UK during 2017, with the introduction of Bud Light boosting sales.

Greggs lfls up 3.2% YTD

27 Feb 2018

Greggs has this morning reported on an “encouraging” start to the year, with like-for-like sales (lfls) at its company-managed stores up 3.2% for the eight weeks to 24 February.


Young’s: From dray horses to digital revolutionaries

26 May 2017

Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis talks to MCA about regional expansion; plans to ramp up investment; it’s digital ambitions and the trends the group is seeing in its customer base.

Steve Holmes, CEO Azzurri Group

Azzurri hails transformational year

30 Nov 2015

The Azzurri Group, operator of ASK, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, has hailed 2015 as a transformational 12 months for the group, after reporting a 16.5% increase in EBITDA to £31.8m for the year to 28 June


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


Q1 trading overview

14 Apr 2014

M&C Report talks to major pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the first quarter of 2014. The consensus is that Q1 was as good as or better than expected, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

Tim Bacon

Venturing forward

19 Jan 2014 | By Mark Wingett

If I had to put forward one man who could dominate the UK’s eating and drinking-out scene over the coming 12 months, I would be hard pressed to look past Tim Bacon, the chief executive of Living Ventures

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