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Report: August sun encouraged eating out

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Pubs and restaurants in Britain experienced month-on-month sales growth of 1.9 per cent - compared to July - according to figures from CGA Peach's Coffee Peach Business Tracker.

It utilises information contributed from 27 groups and found sales increased by 2.4 per cent outside of London. Those specialising in casual dining restaurants reported a growth of 0.3 per cent. These findings suggest good news for catering equipment suppliers.

Peter Martin of CGA Peach said: "Interestingly, although people were generally choosing pubs over restaurants during the hot weather, they weren't going just for the beer but to eat too."

Success was also put down to the Olympics last year, as the focus on London meant other areas of the UK did not do too well - meaning the recent growth signals a strong return to form.

Mr Martin stated that food sales in pubs grew four-times higher than drinks during the month. This result - people eating more and drinking less - mirrors data released from the Wine and Spirit Trade's Association. It reported a drink sales in restaurants and pubs had declined by six per cent in the last three months.

Total sales in the sector grew by 5.1 per cent, which CGA Peach credits to new sites from casual diners and pub restaurants outside of London, adding extra business. However, The Coffee Group's chairman David Coffer suggested the growth could also be the result of UK families opting for 'staycation' holidays within the country. He argues this will make the results throughout Autumn more interesting.

Comparing August's results with those from 12 months prior, the upturn is recorded as only 0.9 per cent - the same as July.

The findings are being met with positive responses from industry figureheads, due to the continued growth suggested.

Head of leisure and hospitality at Baker Tilly UK Paul Newman said: "The consumer feel good factor on the back of some long awaited positive economic news, combined with this summer's prolonged spell of hot weather, has been a perfect combination in driving positive like for likes in the sector for the fifth month running."ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801637171-ADNFCR

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