28 September 2012 10:29
Pub group Mitchells & Butlers saw an uplift in sales over the summer, despite the bad weather and a barely discernable impact from the Olympics.
Like-for-like sales growth improved to 3% in the 9 weeks to September 15th and 2.1% for the 51 weeks of the year to date.
Earlier in the month, the company announced that it had poached Alistair Darby, chief operating officer of rival Marstons, to be its new chief executive.
Bob Ivell, executive chairman, commented: "Trading has held up well over the summer despite the generally adverse weather. Our business transformation programme remains on track, driving a sharp focus on enhanced guest service and increased cost efficiency.
"We look forward to welcoming Alistair Darby next month as chief executive and working with him to continue to grow the business, whilst seeking to further strengthen the board with the appointment of independent non-executive directors."