The UK wines and spirits retailer Unwins said today that following the distribution of the Information Memorandum to all parties who registered their interest, that it has received an encouraging number of first expressions of interest.

In May, the UK-based off-licence group said that its board was considering a sale of the business.

In a statement at the time the group said: "In recent months, shareholders in The Unwins Wine Group Ltd (Unwins) and its board have discussed how best to take the Group forward.  This consultation has concluded that a sale of Unwins may be attractive, although all options are to be considered."