Sales figures for some of the biggest operators in the eating-out and drinking-out market reveal a dip in like-for-like sales on 0.4% for March against the same month in 2009. The Coffer Peach Business Tracker, which collates figures from 15 major operators including Mitchells & Butlers and Whitbread, reveal overall sales pushed ahead 1%. February had seen a 1.3% increase on the previous year. Peter Martin, of Peach, said: “The results are a reminder that trading remains tough, although there is some veidence that chains are starting to pull back on promotions that fuelled much of last year’s growth.” March sales were up 2.9% compared to February 2010.