Food pulls in punters for Spirit

Spirit Pub Company said yesterday that like-for-like sales at its managed pubs showed robust growth in March as a recovery in consumer spending encouraged more people to dine out. The company, which operates pubs under brands such as Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square and Flaming Grill, said that like-for-like sales at managed pubs rose 8.3 per cent in the four weeks to 29 March.