Marston’s sees a lift from food

PUBS group Marston’s said profits in the first 42 weeks of its fiscal year were in line with expectations and its performance had been robust, despite the difficult trading environment, as it benefited from a strong demand for pub meals.

The company, which runs over 2,150 pubs across Britain, said sales at pubs open more than a year grew by two per cent in the last ten weeks, with food sales up five per cent and drinks sales rising 1.8 per cent. In the last ten weeks food sales were up five per cent, Marston’s reported.