Belhaven owners Greene King Interim Management Statement for the 37 weeks to 15 January 2012 revealed that retail like-for-like sales were up 8.2% and food like-for-like sales up 11.1%, in the last seven weeks, with core brand own-brewed volumes up 7.4% Rooney Anand, Chief Executive, said, “This was another strong performance driven by the strength of our business and our continued commitment to providing unrivalled value, service and quality to our customers.
“It is clear that even in these difficult times, customers still look for enjoyment and some respite from the financial pressures they are facing. We saw record Christmas bookings and our like-for-like sales in Christmas week were up 17%. Food sales were £1.7m on Christmas Day alone, and we sold 365,000 Christmas meals in December, another record for Greene King.”
“In Brewing & Brands over the last seven weeks, core brand own-brewed volume was up 7.4%, with year-to-date volume growth now at 2.9%. This compares to the UK ale market, in the five months to November, down 6.1%.”