Christie + Co, the property advisor, said that it had recently been instructed on a series of pub portfolios, demonstrating renewed movement in the sector. The group, which advised on the sale of the 918-strong Galaxy pub estate to Heineken for £422m, said it was “seeing the emergence of deal sizes not seen in the market for a while". Sister company, Christie Finance said it had seen a “significant increase” in completed deals and "much improved" conversion rates for loan offers arranged. It said that: “Encouragingly, nearly 25% of these completions are with first time buyers or operators, which is a healthy sign”. New clients since the start of the year for the company's stock taking division, Venners include Charles Wells and Baxter Storey.