Daniel Thwaites, the Lancashire brewer and pub operator, has announced it has made an encouraging start to its financial year with fine weather helping sales across its pubs. In a trading update, managing director Peter Morris said cost savings, which had been made in the last few years, were feeding through and overall first quarter trading was ahead of last year. He said that the overall trading across the group was head of the first quarter of 2009/2010 with the fine weather helping pubs off to a positive start. The update also said that Shire Hotels is showing some signs of recovery and that the company’s free trade and national trade businesses and its inns division are all in growth. Morris concluded: “However we remain cautious for the outlook for consumer spending for the remainder of the year.”