CITY pubs were celebrating a bumper day’s trading on Wednesday after England beat Slovenia to reach the knock-out stages of the World Cup.
The streets of the Square Mile were packed from 3pm onwards as some took a half day of leave to watch the game and others chose to stay in the pub celebrating after the key victory.
However, analysts warned yesterday that the afternoon timing of England’s next game against Germany on Sunday could cause pain for the pub sector.
Langton Capital analyst Mark Brumby said: “There are a number of operators out there quietly wishing this wasn’t the case. This timing might slow demand for pub meals on what is traditionally the busiest day of the week for the carvery market.”