Mitchells and Butlers sales increased by 4.1% for the 43 weeks in the year to 27 July 2019.

Over the same period it also opened six new sites and revamped 230 existing sites.

It also said LFL sales for the ten-week period since its last announcement grew by 2.8%, a performance it said was “ahead of the market”, with growth in food sales “particularly strong, in comparison with a period last year that had included strong drink sales driven by the World Cup and an extended period of sunny weather.”

“We are pleased with sales performance which remains convincingly ahead of the market,” said CEO Phil Urban. “Whilst growth across the market during the early weeks of the period reflected the World Cup and sunny weather last year, we are encouraged by how growth has strengthened in recent weeks.

“We remain confident in the momentum we have gained, and which continues to build, driven by the ongoing impact of numerous Ignite 2 initiatives.”