Restaurants and pubs see annual Christmas trading boost

Britain’s pubs and restaurants saw trading increase annually over the festive period.

Like-for-like sales for the six weeks ending on 6th January 2013 were up by 2.1 per cent on the same period a year ago, according to industry figures.

The latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker showed that the period began slowly before seeing a strong increase in the final two weeks of December.

The news will be seen as welcome boost for those working in hospitality and catering jobs in the sector.

“Operators will be pleased to be up on last year, but with both Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve falling mid-week, and so not affecting normal weekend trading, they would have been expecting a slightly better sales performance than last year,” said Peter Martin of Peach Factory.

“Although drink-led pubs generally edged pub restaurants in terms of Christmas sales performance, it was still the food element of their businesses that drove the uplift.”

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