Marstons declared itself happy with its year-to-date performance

Marston's declared itself happy with its year-to-date performance

Marston's has delivered an “encouraging and robust performance” in its year-to-date, the UK brewer and pub operator has said in a trading update.

For the 23 weeks to 12 March, Marston's managed pubs division, Inns and Taverns, saw sales rise by 2.4% year-on-year, driven by a 4.7% increase in food sales. Marston's Pub Company, the tenanted and leased pubs unit, profits were flat – up by 0.1%, compared to a 4% slide in fiscal 2010.

The brewing operations saw volumes climb by 4%, driven by Marston's focus on premium ale and what it called its “localness”, it said earlier this week.

"The performance of the group in the year to date has been encouraging,” said Marston's chief executive, Ralph Findlay. “Our consistent focus on offering our consumers value for money in high quality pubs, together with sector-leading shares in growth segments of the beer market, places us in a strong position for the future."

The company will release its interim results for the 26 weeks to 2 April on 19 May.