British pubs and restaurants have seen like-for-like sales rise by 1.5% in November on the same period last year, according to figures by business consultancy group CGA.
Both pub and restaurant operators saw positive sales during the month – with collective like-for-likes ahead 2.1% and 0.6% respectively. London outpaced the rest of Britain with like-for-likes up 2.3%, compared to 1.3% outside the M25.
Karl Chessell, director of CGA, said: “The November figures will be welcome for a market that has seen generally flat trading across the year, and operators will hope this upward trend continues into the festive season.
“Managed pubs have continued to trade better than the restaurant market, and especially in London where collective like-for-likes were up 3.1%. Restaurant chains also did marginally better in the capital, with sales up 0.9%, compared to 0.5%, but as the figures show remain under pressure from increased costs and tough competition.”