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Mitchells & Butlers Plc - Pre-Close Trading Update

 

 

Mitchells & Butlers plc

Pre-Close Trading Update

Trading statement covering the 51 weeks ended 21 September 2019.

 

Operating performance

Since our last update sales have continued to outperform the market. In the 8 weeks to 21 September like-for-like sales grew by 3.3% with drink sales growth particularly strong.      

Total sales have increased by 4.0% in the year-to-date.

Like-for-like trading performance since the last update is set out below. 

Like-for-like sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

43 weeks to

27 July 2019

8 weeks to

21 September 2019

51 weeks to

21 September 2019

 

Food

3.9%

2.1%

3.5%

 

Drink

3.1%

4.0%

3.3%

 

 

Total

 

3.6%

 

3.3%

 

3.6%

 

Despite cost headwinds we expect the full year group operating profit margin to be at a similar level to last year.

 

Investments 

We continue to make good progress on our investment programme, premiumising offers where possible and reducing the remodel lifecycle.  We have opened 7 new sites and completed 239 conversions and remodels in the financial year to date.  

 

Pension Funding

We are pleased to have reached agreement on the 2019 triennial valuations, showing a deficit of £293m and an unchanged schedule of future contributions.

 

Phil Urban, Chief Executive, commented:

"Sales growth has remained consistently ahead of the market and we carry this momentum forward into the new financial year.  We remain confident of the impact of our Ignite initiatives which will be continually reviewed and refreshed as the business moves forward."