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Still short of pre-coronavirus trading: Drinks sales in the week to Saturday 15 January were down 12% (Credit: Getty/AleksandarNakic)

Drinks sales down 12% in the week to 15 January

By Rebecca Weller

Average drinks sales by value in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants in the week to Saturday 15 January were 12% down when compared to the same week in 2020, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

Post lockdown: while some operators described a quiet first week back, sales data shows the sector saw a boost after indoor trading was allowed to resume from Monday 17 May

'Shockingly quiet' first week of indoor trade

By Emily Hawkins

Operators have described the first week of indoor trading after lockdown as “shockingly quiet” but said they are optimistic as sales data shows a boost.

Covid impact: 'With the support of our main stakeholders, we are now well placed to emerge in a strong competitive position and look forward to the removal of remaining trading restrictions,' M&B's Phil Urban explained

M&B suffers £200m loss as pandemic restrictions bite

By Stuart Stone

Despite takings tumbling by 79% during the six months to 10 April, the CEO of the firm behind Toby Carvery and All Bar One believes it can emerge from pandemic restrictions in a ‘strong competitive position’.

Social wellbeing: ‘We as an industry, and our bars and restaurants and pubs, play such an important role in society,’ Bacardi’s Leila Stansfield says

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‘Brands are built in bars, not in boardrooms’

By Stuart Stone

After making a long-awaited return to reopened pubs and bars throughout April, Bacardi’s on-trade director Leila Stansfield’s glass is most certainly half full for the weeks and months of on-trade recovery ahead.

How can pubs sell more cocktails?

Spirits Week - In association with Diageo

Cocktail-led outings 'much, much more of a reward'

By The Morning Advertiser

To introduce Spirits Week, brought to you by Diageo, drinks expert Douglas Blyde distils some of the key trends and new consumer behaviours shaking up the spirit and cocktail categories.