Marstons upbeat on performance

Marston's upbeat on performance

Marston's has seen beer sales volumes in its current fiscal year-to-date outperform the UK market.

The brewer and pub operator said today (27 January) that strong demand for bottled ale has driven its own-brewed beer volumes up by 2% for the first 16 weeks of its fiscal year, to 21 January. Bottled ale volumes increased by 7% on the same period of last year, with premium cask ale volumes up by 3%.

"Our established strategy of focussing on premium ale brands and local beers with genuine provenance has contributed to this good performance," Marston's said. The group has outperformed the UK beer market, which shrank by 1.4% in the fourth quarter of calendar 2011.

Marston's also reported drinks sales up by 4.8% in value at its managed pubs, although food sales grew faster, by 5.5%. The group said that it expects a challenging consumer climate to continue, but that year-to-date profits are in-line with its expectations.