Buoyancy in the hospitality sector, according to recent figures from Catton Hospitality.
According to an analysis of more than 100 organisations that use S4labour software, operators bounced back from the January blues to see strong sales figures in February 2019 compared with like for like figures from February 2018.
Overall, sites achieved an encouraging 2.5% increase in like for like sales on February the previous year. Like recent months, it was food-focused businesses who saw the greatest increases. Drink sales in food-focused pubs delivered an uplift of 7.6%, accounting for the greatest proportion of growth within the analysis. Strong drink sales were not at the sacrifice of revenue from food, where sales also grew by 2.4%.
There were also modest increases in sales performances from drink focused business. Drink sales in wet-let business grew by 1.3%. However they were slightly hindered by fall in food sales. Overall, sales in drink focused business were up by just short of 1% on last year.