Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries this morning described trading for the 24 weeks to 19 March as ‘good’ and in line with expectations. Ralph Findlay, the company’s chief executive, said: "The outlook for consumer spending has generally become more cautious in recent months. "Against that background our high quality pubs and beer business have continued to perform well." Wolves added that the half-year results would include Easter trading, which was ‘satisfactory’. The company said that like-for-like sales were 3.1% ahead of last year in Pathfinder Pubs, and 3.2% ahead in The Union Pub Company. At WDB Brands, turnover and volumes were said to be ‘strong driven by good progress in the free trade and new distribution to other pub companies’. The group said that it expected to have the majority of Burtonwood integrated by the end of March, with expected synergies raised from the predicted £3m per year to £3.5m.