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Mitchells & Butlers plc Record trading on all key festive dates, sales of over £12m on Christmas Day

Mitchells & Butlers plc (LON:MAB), today announced trading statement covering the 14 weeks ended 5 January 2019.

Operating performance

Trading through the festive season was strong with like-for-like sales growth over the three week festive period of 9.8%. Growth was achieved on all key dates supported by good underlying trade.

Our sales performance has also strengthened over the full 7 week period since our last update with like-for-like growth of 6.9%, balanced more evenly between food and drink.

Like-for-like sales

7 weeks to

17 November 2018

7 weeks to

5 January 2019

14 weeks to

5 January 2019

Food

1.8%

6.9%

4.6%

Drink

2.7%

6.6%

4.8%

 

Total

 

2.2%

 

6.9%

 

4.7%

Total sales have increased by 5.1% over the 14 week period.

Investments

We continue to focus on investment in the estate, premiumising where possible as well as improving amenity. In the year to date we have already completed 114 conversions and remodels and opened 2 new sites. We remain encouraged by the returns being generated.

Phil Urban, Mitchells & Butler Chief Executive, commented:

“We are delighted with our performance over the festive trading season, with record trading on all key festive dates, including sales of over £12m on Christmas Day, and like-for-like sales growth of 12.3% over the core two week period. The weather was milder than last year but the results were also due to the months of planning put in by our teams, and to several of our Ignite initiatives beginning to bear fruit.

We now enter our toughest quarter and, given the success of the festive trading period, we would expect trade to be quiet at least until people get paid again. The ongoing uncertainty around Brexit will continue so we remain cautious about the outlook until the political and macroeconomic landscape becomes clearer. That said, we have made a good start to the year.”