Mitchells & Butlers has released a trading update for the 14 weeks ending 4 January 2020.

Like for like sales were up 3.5%, with “particularly strong sales growth” in food.

Over the three-week festive period, like-for-like sales were up 5.6%.

Total sales increased by 2.7% over the full year to date.

“We are pleased with our trading performance over the festive trading season against a strong set of results last year, again demonstrating the breadth of appeal of our brands for special occasions,” said CEO Phil Urban.

“We achieved record sales levels across the five key festive days at growth of 6.5%. This continued progress reflects the output of our Ignite initiatives which will continue to be our focus for the year ahead.”

M&B has completed 81 conversions and opened one new site in the year to date.