UK: Weather boosts Marston's beer sales in year so far
Weather boosts Marston's pub sales
A spate of warm weather in the UK has helped Marston's report beer volume sales ahead of the UK market for its fiscal year so far.
Marston's said today (4 August) that beer sales by volume for the 43 weeks to the end of July were level with the same period of last year, while premium ale volumes rose by 3%.
The brewer and pub group said that this compares to a UK beer market that shrank by 6% over the same 43-week period. Good summer weather in the UK boosted volumes and also lifted both food and drink sales at Marston's pubs, said the firm.
Like-for-like profits at the company's leased and tenanted pubs fell by 4% for the 43 weeks.
In its outlook, Marston's said that it was encouraged by its recent trading, but added that "we remain cautious about the impact on consumer confidence" of the Coalition Government's Budget in June.
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