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Thursday 31st August 2017
Restaurant Group – there are early signs of improved volume, like-for-likes down 2.2%
Restaurant Group – there are early signs of improved volume, like-for-likes down 2.2%: The Restaurant Group has claimed early signs of improved volume momentum as like-for-like sales dropped 2.2% in the 26 weeks to 2 July. It reported a … view
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Thursday 31st August 2017
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Sbe ‘still committed’ to Hakkasan Group merger: International luxury resort company Sbe Entertainment has said it is still committed to merging with UK-based nightclub and restaurant company Hakkasan Group despite months passing witho … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
Food price inflation falls to 7% but prices still rising in key categories
Food price inflation falls to 7% but prices still rising in key categories: Food price inflation fell to 7% in July but prices are still rising in key categories, according to the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index. The fall, which wa … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
PizzaExpress reports UK like-for-likes up 1.3%, Ebitda down 13.6%
PizzaExpress reports UK like-for-likes up 1.3%, Ebitda down 13.6%: PizzaExpress has reported group turnover has increased 9.1% to £260.7m (2016: £239.0m) underpinned by group like-for-like growth of 3.4% in the 26 weeks to 2 July 2017. UK an … view
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
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BrewDog to share 20% of profits annually: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog is to share 20% of its profits each year. The company is launching the BrewDog Unicorn Fund that will see it give 10% of its profits to its team and 10% to cha … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2017
Douglas Jack – Restaurant Group recovery will take longer than expected
Douglas Jack – Restaurant Group recovery will take longer than expected: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has argued that the Restaurant Group’s recovery cold take longer than expected, downgrading his recommendation on its shar … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2017
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Late-night leisure industry playing essential role in equipping young people with work skills: The late-night leisure industry is having a positive impact on employment, including the role it plays in equipping young people with essential … view
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Tuesday 29th August 2017
Late-night leisure industry playing essential role in equipping young people with work skills
Late-night leisure industry playing essential role in equipping young people with work skills: The late-night leisure industry is having a positive impact on employment, including the role it plays in equipping young people with essential skil … view
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Sunday 27th August 2017
Admiral Taverns set for £220m sale, Leon and Hotel Chocolat expansion deals
Admiral Taverns set for £220m sale: Admiral Taverns is set to be sold to a US investment fund for £220m. The company, which owns more than 1,000 wet-led pubs, is in advanced sale talks with New York fund Proprium Capital, reports the Su … view
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Friday 25th August 2017
Update: Pret, Punch, Tesco/Booker latest, ALMR migrant worker fears, boxing boost
Pret signs first US franchise agreement to open debut university sites: Pret A Manger has signed its first franchise agreement in the US to open its debut university sites in the country. The company will open two shops at the Wharton Sch … view
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Friday 25th August 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Why government needs to support the late-night sector, reality starting to bite for foodservice industry, and alcohol and the ‘alt right’ 
Authors: Peter Marks, Glynn Davis and Paul Chase
 
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Friday 25th August 2017
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Deltic boss – ‘We’re very much in the game when it comes to Revolution deal’: Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks has told Propel his company is “very much in the game” in the battle for Revolution Bars Group. Marks said … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Deltic Group reports like-for-like sales up 3.85%
Deltic Group reports like-for-like sales up 3.85%: The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of premium late-night bars and clubs with 58 venues across the UK, has reported like-for-like sales are up 3.85% so far in its current financ … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Deltic considers cash offer for Revolution Bars Group
Deltic considers cash offer for Revolution Bars Group: Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of premium late-night bars and clubs with 57 venues across the UK, has said it is considering a cash offer for Revolution Bars Group. Deltic said … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Stonegate to buy Revolution Bars Group for £101.5m
Stonegate to buy Revolution Bars Group for £101.5m: Stonegate Pub Company has reached agreement with Revolution Bars Group to buy the company for £101.5m. Under the terms of the offer, Revolution shareholders shall be entitled to receiv … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
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Food firms raise fears over EU workers’ rights following Brexit: Almost three-quarters (73%) of EU workers in the “farm to fork” supply chain are concerned over their right to remain in the UK following Brexit, according to a new s … view
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Thursday 24th August 2017
Food firms raise fears over EU workers' rights following Brexit
Food firms raise fears over EU workers' rights following Brexit: Almost three-quarters (73%) of EU workers in the “farm to fork” supply chain are concerned over their right to remain in the UK following Brexit, according to a new survey. … view
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Wednesday 23rd August 2017
BBPA – PCA report is ‘one-sided, anecdotal and not evidence-based’
BBPA – PCA report is ‘one-sided, anecdotal and not evidence-based’: The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has labelled the Pub Code Adjudicator’s (PCA) report into the fact-finding exercise into tenants’ experiences of accessing … view
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Wednesday 23rd August 2017
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Starbucks franchise co-founded by Ei Group director to launch £1.1m crowdfunding campaign to support 20-site roll-out: Starbucks franchise Elite Coffee is to launch a £1.1m fund-raise on crowdfunding platform Growthdeck next month to su … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2017
The Alchemist reports Ebitda boost as turnover jumps 52% to £22.6m
The Alchemist reports Ebitda boost as turnover jumps 52% to £22.6m: The Alchemist, which is backed by Palatine Private Equity, has reported turnover increased 52% to £22,578,262 for the year ending 31 March 2017 compared with £13,437,501 th … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2017
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YO! Sushi reports turnover approaches £90m in ‘transformational’ first year under new ownership: YO! Sushi has reported like-for-like sales increased more than 5.5% in a “transformational” first year for the company under new own … view
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Tuesday 22nd August 2017
YO! Sushi reports turnover approaches £90m in ‘transformational’ first year under new ownership
YO! Sushi reports turnover approaches £90m in ‘transformational’ first year under new ownership: YO! Sushi has reported like-for-like sales increased more than 5.5% in a “transformational” first year for the company under new ownershi … view
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Monday 21st August 2017
Quick-service restaurants boost coffee sales three times faster than mainstream shops
Quick-service restaurants boost coffee sales three times faster than mainstream shops: Quick-service restaurants (QSR) have increased their sales of coffee three times faster, at 63%, than mainstream coffee shops since 2008, according to new r … view
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Monday 21st August 2017
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The Alchemist to focus expansion on London as it looks to eventually grow to 50 UK sites: The Alchemist managing director Simon Potts has told Propel the company plans to focus on expansion in London in 2018 as it looks to eventually buil … view
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Friday 18th August 2017
Update: Barburrito, Mahiki, Oakman Inns, analysts' margin fears, tourism boost
Barburrito reports turnover growth as losses narrow: Mexican brand Barburrito, which is backed by the Business Growth Fund, has reported turnover increased 25% to £12,764,000 for the year ending 26 March 2017, compared with £10,225,000 … view
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Friday 18th August 2017
Early-bird opportunity to book place at Propel Multi Club Conference
Early-bird opportunity to book place at Propel Multi Club Conference: As an attendee of previous Propel Multi Club events, we are offering you the first opportunity to book for our next Multi Club Conference on Wednesday, 1 November at th … view
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Friday 18th August 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Beer is no longer a volume-driven drink, memorable food and tackling the illicit beer market
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Tim Clay

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Friday 18th August 2017
CMA gives go-ahead to Heineken takeover of Punch
CMA gives go-ahead to Heineken takeover of Punch: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the go-ahead for Heineken’s takeover of Punch. The CMA has accepted proposals by Heineken made earlier this month to sell 30 pubs to addr … view
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Friday 18th August 2017
Brakspear owner reports turnover and profit boost
Brakspear owner reports turnover and profit boost: JT Davies & Sons, the parent company for Henley-based pub operator and brewer Brakspear, increased its turnover during the year ending 31 December 2016 by 14%, to £25.5 million and Ebitd … view
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Friday 18th August 2017
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Sector like-for-likes up 0.6% in July, restaurants slightly outperform pubs: Britain’s managed pubs and restaurants saw collective like-for-like sales up 0.6% in July compared with last year, the Coffer Peach Business Tracker has reveal … view
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Friday 18th August 2017
Sector like-for-likes up 0.6% in July, restaurants slightly outperform pubs
Sector like-for-likes up 0.6% in July, restaurants slightly outperform pubs: Britain’s managed pubs and restaurants saw collective like-for-like sales up 0.6% in July compared with last year, the Coffer Peach Business Tracker has reveal … view
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Thursday 17th August 2017
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Outlaw tops Good Food Guide 2018 ending L’Enclume’s four-year reign: Chef entrepreneur Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant in Cornwall has been crowned number one in the Good Food Guide (GFG) 2018, ending the four-year reign of Simon Rogan … view
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Thursday 17th August 2017
Outlaw tops Good Food Guide 2018 ending L’Enclume’s four-year reign
Outlaw tops Good Food Guide 2018 ending L’Enclume’s four-year reign: Chef entrepreneur Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant in Cornwall has been crowned number one in the Good Food Guide (GFG) 2018, ending the four-year reign of Simon Rogan’s L … view
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Wednesday 16th August 2017
Propel Wednesday News Briefing
Deltic boss – ‘Revolution merger would create robust business that is good for sector as well as shareholders’: The Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks has told Propel he believes a merger with Revolution Bars Group would creat … view
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Tuesday 15th August 2017
Revolution reports “no merit in progressing” Deltic talks
Revolution reports “no merit in progressing” Deltic talks: Revolution Bars Group has responded to rival Deltic’s announcement that it had suggested a merger between the two companies by arguing there was “no merit in progressing” the … view
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Tuesday 15th August 2017
Revolution rebuffs Deltic Group proposal to merge
Revolution rebuffs Deltic Group proposal to merge: Nightclub operator Deltic Group has been rebuffed by Revolution Bar Group over a proposed all share merger. A statement by Deltic said: “Revolution has determined that it does not wish to en … view
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Tuesday 15th August 2017
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TLC Inns makes first foray into accommodation as it acquires first pub in five years: TLC Inns, the pub and restaurant operator founded and owned by Steve and Jo Haslam, has acquired its first site with accommodation. The company has agre … view
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Monday 14th August 2017
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Online beer subscription service BeerBods hits £250,000 crowdfunding target: Online beer subscription service BeerBods has passed its £250,000 fund-raise target on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. The company is offering a 10% equity st … view
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Friday 11th August 2017
Update: Outstanding business rate appeals top 20,000, Castle Rock, BrewDog, Domino's et al
More than 20,000 business rate appeals by hospitality sector still outstanding from 2010: The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and business rates specialist Altus have discovered there are 20,490 hospitality business rate appeals sti … view
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Friday 11th August 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The new foodservice threat from resurgent retailers, finding funding for growth in the hospitality sector, the rise of craft beer and the future of lager, and alcohol statistics – a question of context and reporting
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Friday 11th August 2017
Restaurant Group hires Greene King FD, Domino’s buys 75% stake in franchisee
Restaurant Group hires Greene King finance director: The Restaurant Group has hired Kirk Davis as chief financial officer – he will start with the business in February 2018. Davis has extensive finance experience within listed leisure a … view
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Friday 11th August 2017
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BrewDog raises $7m in Equity for Punks USA campaign: Scottish brewer and retailer BrewDog has closed its Equity for Punks USA campaign having raised $7m. The company was aiming to raise up to $50m through the campaign on crowdfunding pla … view
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Thursday 10th August 2017
Adnams reports turnover boost in first six months
Adnams reports turnover boost in first six months: Suffolk brewer and pub operator Adnams has reported turnover up 6% to £33,165,000 in the six month to 30 June, with an operating loss of £544,000 after exceptional costs. Chairman Jonat … view
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Thursday 10th August 2017
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Brunning & Price founder to make pub trade return ten years after selling company: Brunning & Price founder Jerry Brunning is making a return to the pub trade ten years after selling the then 16-strong company to The Restaurant Group. Bru … view
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Wednesday 9th August 2017
TGI Friday’s UK reports return to like-for-like growth following 2.7% decline last year
TGI Friday’s UK reports return to like-for-like growth following 2.7% decline last year: The parent company of TGI Friday’s UK arm has reported a return to like-for-like growth in recent months after seeing a decline of 2.7% last year … view
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Wednesday 9th August 2017
Wildwood operator Tasty – trading below expectations, expects to shut sites
Wildwood operator Tasty – trading below expectations, expects to shut sites: Wildwood operator Tasty has reported trading is below management’s revised expectations. The company stated: “The company is providing a trading update for … view
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Wednesday 9th August 2017
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UK capital cities report double-digit revpar growth in second quarter, London and Manchester record rises despite terrorist attacks: UK hotel revpar continued to grow in the second quarter of 2017, suggesting overseas holiday travellers a … view
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Tuesday 8th August 2017
Peach Pub Company reports turnover hits £25m
Peach Pub Company reports turnover hits £25m: Peach Pub Company has reported turnover rose to £25.1m in the year ending 8 January 2017, up from £24.8m the year before (54 weeks), showing adjusted like-for-like growth of 4.8%. The group’s … view
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Tuesday 8th August 2017
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North West-based Know Collection seeks investment as it sets out ambitions for rapid growth: Managing director and co-owner of Liverpool-based Know Collection, Steven Hesketh, has told Propel the company is seeking investment as it looks … view
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Monday 7th August 2017
Propel Monday News Briefing
Spend in UK hotels, restaurants and bars rises 6%: Spending in UK hotels, restaurants and bars rose 6% in July compared with the same month a year ago, according to the latest data from Visa. The company’s Consumer Spending Index c … view
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Monday 7th August 2017
Spend in UK hotels, restaurants and bars rises 6%, StreetDots expansion
Spend in UK hotels, restaurants and bars rises 6%: Spending in UK hotels, restaurants and bars rose 6% in July compared with the same month a year ago, according to the latest data from Visa. The company’s Consumer Spending Index compiled by … view
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Friday 4th August 2017
Subway opens 2,500th UK site, Bloomberg announces brands at new City arcade, ALMR, Muffin Break
Subway opens 2,500th UK site, roll-out begins of new restaurant design: Subway has opened its 2,500th store in the UK. The new venue in Keynsham, near Bristol, is only the brand’s second in the UK to feature its new Fresh Forward restau … view
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Friday 4th August 2017
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Craft brewers should be careful what they wish for, turning around the underperformers, and be bold and distinctive – and unreasonable
Authors: Glynn Davis, Ann Elliott and Ian Dunstall

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Friday 4th August 2017
Innis & Gunn reports rise in group turnover and profit, Merlin Entertainments sees like-for-like growth
Innis & Gunn reports rise in group turnover and profit: Scottish brewer and retailer Innis & Gunn has increased its annual group turnover by 22% to more than £14.3m in 2016, up from £11.8m in 2015. The Edinburgh-based brewer also increa … view
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Friday 4th August 2017
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Casual Dining Group to take on 100 more apprentices: The Casual Dining Group (CDG) plans to run 100 more apprenticeships this year on top of the 116 already in place across 60 restaurants within its portfolio. Since its launch last year, … view
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Thursday 3rd August 2017
CGA expands with major festivals acquisition
CGA expands with major festivals acquisition: CGA, the data and research consultancy for the out-of-home food and drink market that produces the Coffer Peach Tracker, is expanding its operations into the festival business – with the acq … view
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Thursday 3rd August 2017
Update: Greene King, Tim Martin
Douglas Jack issues an ‘Add’ recommendation on Greene King shares: Peel Hunt leisure analyst Douglas Jack has issued an ‘Add’ recommendation on Greene King shares. He said: “Greene King’s share price implies investors are taki … view
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Thursday 3rd August 2017
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Stephen Crawley to open Liverpool brewery in the autumn: Former Caledonian managing director Stephen Crawley, who resurrected famous Liverpool brewer Higsons, is set to open his new brewery and visitor centre in the city in the autumn. Th … view
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Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Marks & Spencer to run fresh sushi trial in store with Wasabi
Marks & Spencer to run fresh sushi trial in-store with Wasabi: Marks & Spencer has announced a trial of fresh sushi counters in partnership with sushi experts Wasabi, bringing customers expertly prepared fresh products and improving the i … view
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Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Alex Reilley becomes chairman of Hubbox
Alex Reilley becomes chairman of Hubbox: Alex Reilley, co-founder and chairman of Loungers, has joined the board of Hubbox as non-executive chairman. Reilley joins the Richard Boon-led better burger business as it looks to grow its estate to 2 … view
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Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Loungers reports like-for-like sales growth hits 7.6%
Loungers reports like-for-like sales growth hits 7.6%: Loungers, the Nick Collins-led bar and restaurant group, has reported like-for-like sales for the 14 weeks up to the 30 July increased by 7.6% as the group continues to roll-out at pace. T … view
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Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Update: Amber Taverns, By Chloe, Soho Coffee, HonestBrew, AG Barr
Amber Taverns reports turnover and profit boost: Community pub operator Amber Taverns, led by James Baer, has reported turnover rose 23.5% to £64,951,802 in the year to 5 February 2017 (2016: £52,602,681). Pre-tax profit rose to £8,735 … view
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Wednesday 2nd August 2017
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ALMR – government must ditch outdated RPI now: The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has echoed the Office for National Statistics’ sentiments about the unsuitability of using RPI as a measure of inflation and called o … view
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Tuesday 1st August 2017
Update: Greggs, C&C Group, Leon and Easyhotel
Greggs reports 3.4% like-for-likes in First Half: Greggs, which operates 1,800 retail bakeries in the UK, has reported total sales up 7.3% to £453m in the 26 weeks ended 1 July. Company-managed shop like-for-like sales were up 3.4%. Ther … view
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Tuesday 1st August 2017
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US-based B.GOOD brand is seeking franchisees as it looks to enter the UK market: B.GOOD, the fast-casual concept that serves natural, clean and freshly prepared food, is looking to enter the UK market by signing up UK franchisees. It offe … view
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