Weather spoils monthly restaurant growth

Overall trading levels in pubs and restaurants were “essentially flat” last month as the wet weather kept people at home, latest research shows.

Business intelligence specialist Peach Factory said the 2.1% like-for-like increase in sales that operators posted in August did not last through September.

“The first week of September saw a big boost in sales, but the downpour in the last week was a wash-out for business, and especially pubs, leaving overall trading essentially flat,” said Peter Martin of Peach Factory.

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“It goes to show that the weather remains a major influence on trading patterns for the eating and drinking out sector. In September, the wet weather particularly depressed alcohol and pub sales, while food and eating out held up better.”

Regionally, the Coffer Peach figures showed little overall difference between trading inside and outside the M25, although pubs had a better time in London and high street restaurant brands did relatively better away from the capital.

“The good news is that even with that set-back, the bigger operators were still in positive growth and collectively continuing to gain market share,” concluded Martin.

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