Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries reported a 5.1% rise in like-for-like sales performance in the 16 weeks to 17 January . The performance was accompanied by a 3.1% gain in the company’s Pathfinder managed pubs division, which includes the Pitcher & Piano chain, Bostin' Locals and Service That Suits Me outlets. The company said: "The good start to the new financial year was maintained through the Christmas and New Year period. Margins are firm and in line with our expectations across all areas of the business." Wolves, which also makes Marston's Pedigree and the Banks's bitter brands, added that it has launched Marston's FC, a creamy smooth bitter.