Greene King, the brewer and pub operator, has reported a 5.1% increase in like-for-like sales for the 18 weeks to 2 September across its managed estate (Retail), despite poor weather this summer and a minimal net impact from the Olympics on its overall performance. The group said that in London, the City and the West End trade was generally quiet while in the suburbs, including Realpubs and Capital Pub Company sites, trading was noticeably stronger. It achieved like-for-like food sales growth of 5.2%, like-for-like drink sales growth of 5% and like-for-like room sales growth of 4.9% during the period. Across its Pub Partners estate, after 16 weeks, average EBITDA per pub was up 3.5%, while like-for-like EBITDA in its core estate was down 0.5%. During the 18 weeks, Brewing & Brands core brand volume was down 0.9%. It said that both Old Speckled Hen and Greene King IPA, following its relaunch in April, had achieved good volume growth. Total beer volume was up 0.4%. The group said that overall, its margins, profit, cashflow and balance sheet remain in line with our expectations. Rooney Anand, chief executive, said: “We believe underlying trading trends across the business have been maintained through the summer, despite the disappointing weather. This is encouraging for the rest of the year, although we expect consumer confidence to remain subdued. “However, we remain confident that our Retail growth strategy, combined with our focus on delivering excellent value, service and quality to our customers, will continue to deliver earnings and dividend growth for our shareholders.”