Inventive Leisure this morning reported like-for-like sales up 1.7% for the half year to Christmas Day. Like-for-likes for the 12 weeks to 19 March were up 2.1%. Within the half-year sales mix, food sales rose by 49.7%, wet sales by 7.8% and income from door charges and sales of Privilege Cards by 144%. The company said that it had seen its best even first half profits performance, seeing pre-tax profits up 21% to £1.8m. Ebitda was up 11% to £3.5m, with turnover up 11% to £22.7m. The company cut gearing from 64% to 51%, which the group attributed to low capital expenditure during the period. No new sites were opened, with £1.4m of the £1.7m spent going on improvements and refurbishments in the existing estate. The remainder was spent on sites currently in development, which are scheduled to open during this calendar year. Roy Ellis, the company’s chief executive, said: "These results confirm that Revolution remains one of the high street’s most popular licensed retail offerings. "The board believes that opportunities exist for a further 40 to 60 Revolution bars in the UK and is confident about the group’s prospects." The company completed the rollout of its Vodka Kitchen so that it was operational in all bars by the end of September. Food sales grew by 50%, to 5.2% of overall sales.