Like-for-like sales increased by 2.2% in October on last year at the leading managed pub, bar and casual dining chains — but recorded a 16.2% drop on September. In October, total sales, including new openings, were up 3.6% — the fifth month in a row that same-store sales in the eating and drinking out-of-home market have been ahead of the same time last year. The figures come from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker, which monitors sales performance across 17 major pub and restaurant operators, including Mitchells & Butlers, Whitbread, Pizza Hut, Punch Pub Co, Gondola and Tragus. Month-on-month figures, however, show fluctuations, with October’s sales being down -16.2% on September, which had in turn had been +15.1% up on August.