SA Brain, the Welsh brewer and pub operator, has revealed it has seen a 1.3% dip in like-for-like sales at its managed pub arm. The group, which operates 250 pubs across Wales, the Midlands and the South West, added it had however seen managed house food and accommodation sales increase by 10% and 42% respectively. Turnover dropped by 9% and its operating profits fell by 36% to £4.7m following the disposal of its drinks distribution business. Brains signed a deal with the then-Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) in January 2009 to distribute its beers across the UK and feed more S&N beers throughout its estate. Pre-tax profits for the year to September 30, 2009, given a boost by the sale of the distribution business, were up 77.1% at £10.4m. The company added that beer volumes across its tenanted and leased pubs were down by 6.8% However its national sales volumes grew 1.5%, take-home volumes were up 63% and overall ale volumes rose 1.2 %. Brains’ cask ale volumes grew 6%.