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London's hospitality sector ‘more stable’ in 2023

Published:  27 June, 2023

Central London’s hospitality sector is recovering after suffering hundreds of closures of licensed premises during the turmoil of Covid-19. 


Sparkling: Reasons to be cheerful

Published:  23 June, 2023

The sparkling wine market in the UK is changing. While the cost-of-living crisis clearly bites, there are some categories that are still – or should we say finally – full of fizz. Anne Krebiehl MW reports.


Hospitality operators report 5.6% sales growth in May

Published:  21 June, 2023

Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups achieved an eighth consecutive month of year-on-year sales growth in May 2023, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker shows.


Business leaders in hospitality growing in confidence despite inflation

Published:  05 June, 2023

A new survey from CGA by NIQ and Fourth suggests hospitality leaders are feeling more positive about their businesses for the year ahead.


Strong April for hospitality cancelled out by inflation

Published:  24 May, 2023

Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups achieved like-for-like and YOY sales growth of 6.9% in April 2023, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals.


Footfall rises in Scottish on-trade whilst the North of England struggles finds CGA report

Published:  05 May, 2023

Pubs, restaurants and bars in Britain’s biggest cities achieved solid year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2023, according to the new ‘Top Cities’ report from CGA.


Restaurant takeaway sales fall for 16th month in a row in March

Published:  26 April, 2023

Delivery and takeaway sales at Britain’s top-managed restaurant groups in March were 3% below the same month in 2022, according to CGA.


UK on-trade sales up YOY for sixth successive month

Published:  24 April, 2023

Like-for-like sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups in March were 1.4% ahead of last year’s levels, the new Coffer CGA Business Tracker shows.


Indies: Hybrid thinking

Published:  05 April, 2023

Once billed as bricks-and-mortar retail’s salvation, an on-trade element has become a trickier proposition. James Lawrence reports.


Pubs, restaurants and bars grow sales in February but battle soaring costs

Published:  21 March, 2023

February sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant, pub and bar groups were 3.9% ahead of last year on a like-for-like basis, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.


Managing the flames of Champagne demand

Published:  15 March, 2023

Out of the Covid frying pan into the cost of living fire – having experienced a strong bounce in premium sales, how is Champagne faring as inflationary pressures continue to impact? James Bayley reports.


Vacancies drop but wage bills climb as hospitality tackles labour issues

Published:  09 March, 2023

Labour shortages at Britain’s top managed hospitality groups may be starting to ease, but rising wage bills are piling more pressure on some fragile businesses.


CGA report highlights changing customer attitudes to hospitality

Published:  01 March, 2023

Exclusive research conducted in partnership with CGA by NielsenIQ shows how the cost of living crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic have fundamentally shifted the online customer journey for British, French and German consumers that visit pubs and restaurants.


CGA survey reveals positive outlook for hospitality despite inflation

Published:  21 February, 2023

Leaders of Britain’s top-managed hospitality groups remain cautiously optimistic about the future despite spiralling costs, the 2023 Business Leaders’ Survey from CGA by NielsenIQ and Fourth reveals.


Low & no and the big shift in drinking

Published:  06 February, 2023

With moderate drinking trends hitting all sorts of milestones and headlines in 2022, Jo Gilbert asks, was that the year low & no went mainstream?


More hospitality closures in 2022 than Covid-hit 2021 reports CGA

Published:  20 January, 2023

In a new report published by CGA, inflation in energy bills and other costs led to a net decline of 1,611 licensed premises in the fourth quarter of 2022.


Inflation pilfers December gains for hospitality

Published:  18 January, 2023

Britain’s leading managed pub, bar and restaurant groups enjoyed their best December trading in three years, the latest data from CGA has revealed. However, thanks to double digit inflation, sales remain well below pre-Covid levels in real terms, demonstrating the double pronged impact of the cost-of-living crisis and Covid recovery on UK businesses.


Inflation puts the boot in World Cup boost

Published:  15 December, 2022

The UK hospitality trade rode a wave of World Cup fever in November, when sales were above a still somewhat Covid-dampened environment at the end of 2021. However, with inflation biting hard and more disruption on the way over Christmas 2023, operators could be set for a challenging end-of-year run.


Four in five bars plan to increase range of no and low alcohol drinks

Published:  01 December, 2022

Research by CGA by NielsenIQ and non-alcoholic spirits brand CROSSIP suggests that 67% of bar professionals have increased their range of no/low alcohol drinks over the past year, and 82% will do so over the next 12 months, demonstrating the growing importance of the category to consumer choice.


One in nine hospitality jobs still vacant despite pay rises

Published:  22 November, 2022

The staffing crisis is very much still underway heading into Christmas, data from CGA has revealed, with one in nine jobs in hospitality still vacant despite improvements in recruitment.