November was an excellent month for hospitality, as like-for-like sales were up by 4.7% compared with 2017 levels- according to a study of over 100 hospitality organisations that use S4Labour scheduling, HR and Payroll software. Drink sales were the main driver behind the strong results; the hospitality industry saw a 6.5% increase on 2017’s levels, with food sales up 1.5%. Despite wet-led businesses experiencing a 0.8% dip in food sales, they were the biggest winners overall, enjoying a 4.8% boost in sales compared to last year. Dry-led sites were not far behind, with an average 4.6% rise. Operators will be cheered by the strong numbers as they head into the festive period.