Restaurant groups achieved a 3.8% increase in collective like-for-like (lfl) sales last month, against July last year, while pub sales slipped back -0.2% due to tougher comparables, according to the latest Coffer Peach Tracker.

Collective lfls across Britain’s managed pubs and restaurant groups were up 1.2% on the same period last year, with trading outside the M25 slightly better than in London. The figures for June saw collective lfls up 1.4%.

Overall, lfls in the regions were up 1.3%, compared with 1% in London, with restaurants seeing sales up 4.3% outside the M25 against +2.4% inside. Pubs fared better in London with lfls up 0.1% against a 0.3% decline outside.

“Considering the barnstorming July that pubs had last year, holding relatively steady this July will be seen as a good performance, and restaurant groups will be more than relieved with their sales recovery,” said Karl Chessell, director of CGA, which produces the Tracker in partnership with Coffee Group and RSM,

Trevor Watson, executive director, valuations at Davis Coffee Lyons described the figures as very much ‘steady as she goes’ for both sectors. “We continue to see very good results from quality operators with good demand for new sites across the country from both established and emerging operators across both sectors,” he said.

Decent weather in 2019 has no doubt helped sustain performance for wet-led operators, added Watson.

“Sustained like-for-like growth will come as welcome news to Britain’s restaurant groups and provides further evidence that supply is reaching parity with demand,” commented Saxon Moseley, senior manager at RSM.

“With pubs and bars buoyed by a summer heatwave in July, operators will be hoping for more good weather to stave off consumer uncertainty around Brexit,” he said.

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