Brulines, the beer flow monitoring company, reported this morning that its trading in the first quarter had been in line with management's expectations. James Newman, chairman, said: “Whilst the economic backdrop remains challenging, the progress that the group has made on key products provides encouraging divisional growth prospects and the Board is confident that this will drive a return to growth this year.” The group said it had experienced “encouraging commercial progress”, particularly for its iDraught, Nucleus Smart till and Vianet vending telemetry solutions. It said that its Forecourt Solutions division's operational integration was progressing to plan and that its end-to-end product portfolio was developing strong interest with forecourt operators.