Marston’s hoping to put snowy winter of discontent behind it

MARSTON’S said yesterday that it hopes to put months of shoddy weather behind it in the coming months, although March’s snow and cold snap have dented the pub group’s profits.

The company, which owns around 2,130 pubs and brews beers including Pedigree, said that trading in the last two weeks had picked up after a difficult start to the year. However, it said that the weather in the first three months of 2013 had made trading tough.

“Snow and exceptionally cold weather throughout the UK in the three months to the end of March inevitably affected trading across our pub estate and we expect to report operating profit for the first half slightly below that of last year,” Marston’s said.
“Trading has started well in the second half and we expect to benefit from less challenging sales comparatives for the remainder of the financial year.” Shares in the firm rose slightly yesterday.