The majority of pub stocks gained ground on Friday despite the bomb-shell that the government intends to introduce new “beer orders”. The decision, revealed by pubs minister John Healey, was roundly attacked by City analysts, with the probable dismantling of the beer-tie seen as unwelcome fiddling from ministers. Despite this, only Punch Taverns, the country’s largest pub company, and Marston’s saw their shares dip, with Punch’s shares down 2.8p at 81p and Marston’s 0.4p lower at 92.5p. Enterprise Inns, the other major tenanted and leased player in the sector, enjoyed a 4.2p increase in its share value to 125.1p. Fellow pub companies Mitchells & Butlers, Fuller’s, Greene King, JD Wetherpoon and Whitbread (which has pub/restaurants) all saw their share prices climb.