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Serious change: sector sales down 7.1% in October (Credit: Getty/AleksandarNakic)

Hospitality sales down 7.1% in October

By Rebecca Weller

Sales in the hospitality sector were down for the second consecutive month compared to the same period in 2021, figures from S4labour have revealed.

Encouraging sign: drinks sales exceed 2021 levels for fifth successive week but inflation holds trade down in real-terms (Credit: Getty/Caia Image)

Drinks sales top 2021 levels for fifth week in a row

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales have topped last year’s levels for a fifth successive week, but inflation has continued to wipe out real-terms growth, the latest Drinks Recovery Tracker from CGA by NielsenIQ has revealed.

Party on: Young people will keep going on nights out despite cost-of-living crisis (Getty/ Flashpop)

Gen Z will party on despite rising costs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Soaring inflation rates will impact the way consumers spend at clubs but Gen Z will pay to keep the party going, according to research from Rekom UK.

Pub sales: Consumer confidence remains low (Getty/ Henrik Sorensen)

Like-for-like sales slump by 3%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Like-for-like sales of Britain’s top managed pub, bar and restaurant groups were 3.0% behind the levels of September 2021, the latest edition of the Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.

Birmingham named Britain's most vibrant city: inflation and strikes threaten hospitality driven economic recovery in cities (Credit: Getty/ChrisHepburn)

Birmingham named UK's most vibrant city

By Rebecca Weller

Birmingham has been named Britain’s most vibrant city for the second successive period, the latest Top Cities report from CGA by NielsenIQ and leading connectivity solutions provider Wireless Social has revealed.

Cautiously optimistic: drinks sales 3% ahead of 2021 in seven days to Saturday 8 October (Credit: Getty/Caia Image)

Drinks sales show 'cautious optimism'

By Rebecca Weller

On-trade drink sales have topped 2021 levels for a third successive week despite growing costs crisis and trading pressures, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Crucial times: Kate Nicholls says the sector must continue to be swift to embrace change

UKH plans for sector to be net zero by 2040

By Gary Lloyd

UKHospitality (UKH) has set out bold plans for the sector to reach net zero by the year 2040 with unnecessary single-use packaging eliminated by 2025.

Drinks Recovery Tracker: additional bank holiday for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral lifted trade as consumers chose to mourn together in communal environments  (Credit: Getty/bogdankosanovic)

Trade boosted by extra bank holiday

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 24 September were 1% ahead compared with the same week last year, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

The sector's recovery: Birmingham named UK's most vibrant city (Getty/ georgeclerk)

Birmingham ranked UK’s most vibrant city

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Birmingham has been crowned the UK’s most vibrant city for the first time this year, new research from CGA by NielsenIQ and Wireless Social has revealed.

Tough comparative week: sales in the on premise were 1% behind 2021 levels in the seven days to Saturday 17 September (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Drinks sales 1% behind v 2021

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in the seven days to Saturday 17 September were 1% behind compared to the same week last year, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has shown.

What's in the news 23 September?

Review of the Week

Reasons for optimism?

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington spoke with trade association bosses Kate Nicholls of UKHospitality and the BII's Steve Alton to get their take on the mini-budget and whether there was any grounds for optimism.

Industry in need: Sector's growth since Covid knocked back by inflation (Getty/ fotoVoyager)

Inflation wipes out hospitality’s growth

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Like-for-like sales at Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups in August were a modest 2.0% ahead of pre-Covid levels of August 2019, the new Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.

Continued dispute: October train strikes planned (Getty/ Emma Kim)

Train strikes to resume in October

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Train drivers are set to stage strikes in early October in a long-running fight for higher wages and improved working conditions.

Drinks sales 4% down compared with 2021: trade in managed venues dips as costs continue to increase (Credit: Getty/bogdankosanovic)

Drinks sales dip again as costs increase

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants were 4% down during the seven days to Saturday 10 September compared with the same week in 2021, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Difficult times: Insolvencies of UK businesses rise (Getty/ valentinrussenov)

59% hike in hospitality insolvencies

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Insolvencies of pubs, bars and restaurants have increased by 59% from 1,354 to 2,156 over the past year, with spikes in energy bills forcing many to consider closure.

Helping out: LTC has created a website that offers financial advice (Getty/ Adam Gault)

LTC launches financial support platform

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Licensed Trade Charity (LTC) has compiled useful resources to help the sector manage finances as the cost-of-living crisis bites, including financial grants and a 24/7 helpline.

Inflation-beating end to August: latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker shows sales were 10% up vs 2021 levels in seven days to Saturday 3 September (Credit: Getty/The Good Brigade)

Drinks sales in August 'inflation beating'

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 3 September were 10% ahead compared with the same week last year, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s latest Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

PM needs to act on energy crisis for pubs

Action is needed now Liz

By Ed Bedington

So the wait is finally over and the one MP most of her colleagues didn’t think was up to the job is now moving into number 10, but hey ho, what do they know that the wider Conservative membership doesn’t…

Fluctuating sales: latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker shows sales were 0.5% ahead vs one year ago in seven days to 27 August (Credit: Getty/monkeybusinessimages)

Drinks sales 0.5% ahead of a year ago

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 27 August were 0.5% ahead compared with the same week one year ago, the latest CGA by Nielsen IQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Little respite: drinks sales in the on-trade return to below pre-pandemic levels (Credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

Drinks sales 1% down vs 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants were 1% down in the seven days to Saturday 20 August compared with the same week in 2019, the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Winter of discontent: The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington fears the industry will not last without help

Opinion

I think we’re alone now...

By Ed Bedington

What will it take for this Government to wake up and face the reality of the energy crisis for business?

Communicating difficulties: Metro Bank advises SMEs to tell customers why price increases have been implemented (Credit: Getty/ skynesher)

Honesty crucial amid cost-of-living crisis

By Rebecca Weller

Transparency is key for SMEs in navigating price increases as the cost-of-living crisis continues for both businesses and consumers, Metro Bank has stated.

Drinks Recovery Tracker: sales in the on premise were 9% ahead of 2019 levels in the seven days to Saturday 13 August (Credit: Getty/ViewApart)

Drinks sales 9% ahead of 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars, and restaurants in the seven days to Saturday 13 August were 9% ahead of the same week in 2019, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Welcome relief: CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker shows average sales were 4% ahead of 2019 in seven days to Saturday 6 August (Credit: Getty/Alina Rosanova)

Drinks sales 4% ahead of 2019

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, restaurants, and bars in the seven days to Saturday 6 August were 4% ahead of the same week in 2019, the latest CGA by NielsenIQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker has revealed.

Fuel costs begin to decrease: sector still suffering from uncertainty (Credit: Getty: Image Source)

Fuel costs decrease but sector suffers 'uncertainty'

By Rebecca Weller

Fuel prices have begun to slowly decrease, potentially lessening the strain on supply chains, but businesses are still suffering “uncertainty” as consumers continue to grapple with the cost-of-living squeeze.

Warning: Sacha Lord has also called for a temporary reduction in VAT on business energy bills from 20% to 5%

Lord: crisis is more damaging than covid

By Gary Lloyd

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord has demanded the Government return to parliament to intervene in the economic issues that are “more damaging than Covid”.

A cry for support: Leaders' confidence crashes due to cost-of-living crisis (Getty/ South_agency)

Action needed as hospitality leaders’ confidence plummets

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The confidence of pub, bar and restaurant leaders has tumbled over the second quarter of 2022 after costs soared for both businesses and consumers, according to CGA and Fourth’s second-quarter Business Confidence Survey.

Support needed: New UKH Scotland chair discusses issues facing sector

‘We need further, immediate support’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

UKHospitality Scotland new chairman Chris Wayne-Wills opened up on the sector’s struggles with housing infrastructure, skyrocketing costs and a shortage of staff.

Shaw & Co second annual food and drink report: bars and restaurants continue to struggle post-pandemic (Credit: Getty/Zorica Nastasic)

Mergers and acquisitions could save SMEs

By Rebecca Weller

Turnover in bars and restaurants has continued to struggle in the aftermath of the pandemic, particularly big businesses, while other sub-sectors within the food and drink industry have remained flat, research from the second annual Shaw & Co Food...

Dining out: City of London pubs will be offered 'alfresco' dining licences free of charge (Getty/ Caia Image)

Free ‘alfresco’ licences up for grabs to city pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs and bars in Square Mile, central London, are gearing up for a summer of ‘alfresco’ dining after the City of London Corporation agreed to grant free pavement licences to hospitality businesses.

Sinking pints for summer: Brits urged to go to the pub

British holidaymakers urged to visit pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is urging Brits to visit pubs as part of their staycation this summer, with warm weather set to continue after this week’s heatwave.

Jolly June: Good news for hospitality yet rising costs pile on pressure (Getty/ 10'000 Hours)

Like-for-like sales up 5% in June

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

June’s like-for-like sales at Britain’s top managed pub, bar and restaurant groups were 5% ahead of pre-Covid levels in June 2019, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.

Building back: BBPA urges new PM to support pubs and brewers (Getty/ Scott E Barbour)

New Prime Minister must support pubs, says BBPA

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Amidst the race to become the new Prime Minister, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has issued all Conservative candidates a manifesto setting out what action needs to be taken to help the industry.

Government help: BII survey sheds light on a struggling sector (Getty/ Vladimir Vladimirov)

15% of pubs say business no longer viable

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has called for Government support to ensure the future survival of pubs, after a survey of its members revealed the fragility of the sector as it battles huge economic challenges.

UK economy grew 0.5% in May: accommodation and food service activities saw a decline of 0.2 percentage points (Credit: Getty/Peter Cade)

GDP grows 0.5% but sector remains behind

By Rebecca Weller

The hospitality sector saw a decline in May despite the UK economy having grown by 0.5%, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

Drinks sales down 7% in week to 25 June: rail strikes impact trade (Credit:Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Drinks sales down 7% vs 2019 during week of rail strikes

By Rebecca Weller

Average sales by value for managed venues in the seven days to Saturday 25 June were 7% down on the same week in 2019 as the biggest rail dispute for more than 30 years impacted city-centre and after-work occasions, according to the latest CGA by NielsenIQ...

Record low: number of pubs in England and Wales falls to below 40,000 for first time (Credit: Getty/AndyRoland)

Number of pubs in England & Wales reaches record low

By Rebecca Weller

The number of English and Welsh pubs fell below 40,000 for the first time during the first half of 2022, having fallen by 7,107 in the past 10 years, new research from real estate adviser Altus Group has revealed.

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