Restaurant groups were at the forefront of January’s industry sales uplift with like-for-like’s up 2.5%, the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker has revealed.

Collectively, sales for managed pub, bar and restaurant groups increased by 1.9%, compared to a 1.8% year-on-year drop from 2018 to 2019.

The increase was driven almost entirely by regional sites, with sales outside London increasing by 2.3% compared to a 0.7% uplift in the city.

Managed pubs saw like-for-likes grow 1.7% over the month, while bar operators were also up, although by only 0.9%.

Total sales for the month, which included the effect of new openings since last year, were ahead 4.7%.

“Reasonably good weather, in particular the lack of snow, will have helped sales, but nonetheless it is encouraging to see that the public is continuing to go out to eat and drink,” said Karl Chessell, director of CGA.

Trevor Watson, executive director at Davis Coffer Lyons added that what with last year’s sales drop, the industry is “back to where we were two years ago.”

“But it does show an underlying stability in the market, despite the political climate and what has been going on in the wider economy. The eating and drinking out market is showing resilience and people’s appetite for going out remains intact,” he said.

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