Sector shares benefited yesterday off the back of a positive update from Marston’s.

The brewer and pub operator, which revealed a 3.1% lift in like-for-like sales in the past eight weeks, achieved a session high of 174.5p before retreating to 158p, to close up 1.25p.

Enterprise Inns climbed 12p or 10.5% to end the day at 125.75p and Punch Taverns gained 4.75p, closing at 112.25p.

However, Mitchells & Butlers lost 13.5p or 4.7% to 270.25p after Barclays set an “underweight” rating and a target price of 230p and added, “the valuations more than fully reflect its prospects”.