Take-home boosts Marston's

15 April, 2009

A strong second quarter in the off-trade contributed to growth in ale volumes of 16% for Marston’s in the six months to April 4.

Marston’s said it was on track to meet its expectations for the full financial year and had seen a modest improvement in its performance since January.

Growth in take-home sales was a welcome boost for the group which saw like-for-like sales in its managed pubs drop by 1.8%.

Premium brands drove growth in the beer division, with standard ale volumes down 6%.

In a trading statement to the Stock Exchange, the Marston’s board said: “Although we remain cautious because of the weak economy and generally challenging trading environment, we are well-positioned to benefit from longer-term trends.”

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