Gowrings, the Burger King franchisee and motor dealer, has reported a fall in annual pre-tax profits from £1.9m to £1.2m.

Gowrings said its food business has had a quiet start to the year with comparable sales down on last year.

It said the first half would not be easy and its management teams were focused on improving profitability against a difficult background in food where any future impact of the recent foot and mouth outbreak will be closely monitored.