Sales at Burtonwood Brewery Plc have risen across both tenanted and managed estates in the 13 weeks to 3 July. The company said today that trading so far this financial year has been "encouraging."

Burtonwood will report to its Annual General Meeting today that total sales were up by 9% across its managed estate, and by 3% across the tenanted estate.

The company owns 449 mostly neighbourhood pubs across north and central England and Wales, of which 408 are leased to tenants.

Richard Gilchrist, chairman, said: "Our pubs have continued to perform well. On 1 July we completed the acquisition of a package of 16 tenanted pubs in Yorkshire which was announced with our results in June. We have also acquired 2 new pubs in individual deals.

"I remain confident of further good progress in the current financial year and beyond," Gilchrist concluded.

A resolution to change the name of the company to Burtonwood PLC will be proposed at today's meeting.