Managed restaurant groups enjoyed a collective 6.1% like-for-like sales boost in June, figures from the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker show.
Managed pubs, however, suffered a “hangover” from last year’s blistering heat and football mania, with like-for-likes down 1.2%.
The separate eating and drinking-out subsector performances took collective like-for-like sales across the combined managed pub and restaurant market to +1.4% year-on-year.
Karl Chessell, director of CGA, which produces the Tracker with Coffer Group and RSM, said pubs’ poorer performance this June was largely down to last year’s “mini-heatwave” at home and England’s good showing in the men’s football World Cup when pub and bar groups enjoyed a 2.8% sales fillip.
“This June the roles have been reversed, with more sedate conditions favouring eating rather than drinking out,” said Chessell.
Mark Sheehan, managing director at Coffer Corporate Leisure, said it was tough in the market but the hospitality sector was showing some much-needed resilience.
Regionally, market performance inside and outside of London was broadly in line, with like-for-likes up 1.8% and 1.3% respectively.
In pubs and bars, drink sales took a bigger hit than food over the month, down 2.2% against a 1.2% fall in meals. Restaurants recorded a 2.9% increase in covers over the month.
Paul Newman, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM noted that several high-profile restaurant closures in recent months had culminated in a net reduction of sites in June, leaving those operators that remained to benefit from reduced competition.
“We put much of this month’s increase in like-for-like sales down to supply and demand approaching a more even keel. There are certainly more challenges ahead, but these results will be pleasing news to embattled food-led operators,” he said.