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13 Sep 2023

Managed chains continue sales growth despite August weather

Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups overcame poor summer weather to record collective like-for-like sales up 5.3% in August against the same month last year, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker shows.

For the 16th month in a row, London outpaced the rest of the UK for sales growth. Managed groups’ like-for-like sales inside the M25 were 7.1% ahead in August, compared to 4.9% outside the M25. 

The Tracker, produced by CGA by NIQ in partnership with and the Coffer Group and RSM UK, has now been in year-on-year growth for the past 11 months - although August’s national figure was down on the 7.8% growth seen in July.

Widespread cool and wet weather kept many consumers indoors, to the benefit of the restaurant sector, where like-for-like sales finished 8.6% ahead of August 2022. But even with beer gardens and terraces emptier than usual, pubs still recorded 4.9% growth last month. Bars continued to be the worst performing of the three segments in the Tracker, with sales down by 7.5% year-on-year.

CGA collected sales figures directly from 85 leading managed groups for the latest edition of the Coffer CGA Business Tracker.

Participating companies receive a fuller detailed breakdown of monthly trading. To join the cohort, contact Andrew Dean at


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