Fullers has released a trading statement for the 23 weeks to 5 September 2020 ahead of its AGM later this morning (10 September).

After lockdown closed its estate, Fuller’s began reopening sites on 4 July and now has over 90% of its pubs and hotels open.

Like for like sales are currently 80% and the business said sales in August were boosted by the EOHO scheme. It said Cotswold Inns & Hotels, which Fuller’s acquired in October 2019, also benefitted from the staycation trend.

“We are still at the start of a return to normality, but we are quietly confident with the way business is progressing,” said CEO Simon Emeny.

“It has been an incredibly challenging time. We have implemented a clear strategy with our phased reopening plan that included introducing a number of digital-led initiatives to improve the customer journey, taking every possible step to keep our teams and our customers safe, and keeping a tight focus on costs.

“It is a credit to our team members that they have quickly adapted to new ways of working and continue to deliver that great Fuller’s experience to our discerning customers.”