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Restaurant closures rise as high street pressures hit hard

Published:  21 May, 2019

The number of restaurants in Britain dropped by 2.8% in the year to March 2019, according to the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners.

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Consumers shun restaurants at Easter, figures show

Published:  13 May, 2019

Restaurant groups saw sales plummet by nearly 20% this Easter, according to figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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31 Days of German Riesling returns

Published:  05 April, 2019

The annual celebration of Riesling is back, opening up yet more opportunities for the trade to promote and get behind Germany’s star player.

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Northern restaurant and bar boom continues

Published:  15 March, 2019

The number of restaurants and bars in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds increased by an average of 19% during the past five years, according to new research.

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Restaurants continue to struggle as consumers tighten purse strings ahead of Brexit

Published:  11 March, 2019

The restaurant trade suffered another tough month in February with the mini heatwave towards the end of the month failing to move the whole market much, despite an encouraging performance from the pub trade.

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Asia de Cuba to close after 20 years

Published:  26 February, 2019

Asia de Cuba, the restaurant at St Martins Lane hotel which introduced Chino-Latino cuisine to London, will close at the end of February.

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UK restaurant numbers dip for first time in nine years

Published:  25 February, 2019

The number of “casual dining” restaurants has dropped for the first time in nine years as the pressures facing the sector take their toll.

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Industry platform Hospitality Speaks set to launch

Published:  20 February, 2019

A platform addressing bullying, harassment and discrimination in the UK hospitality industry launches next month.

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UK still ‘litmus test’ as global benchmark for wine brands

Published:  28 January, 2019

The UK market continues to be the shop window for the world of wine, with the on-trade driving premium sales. 

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There may be trouble ahead…

Published:  17 January, 2019

The number of leaders with confidence in the future of their own company within the eating and drinking-out market took a knock in the three months to November 2018, according to the latest CGA Business Confidence Survey.

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Festive period provides cheer for on-trade

Published:  15 January, 2019

Managed pubs and restaurants saw a 4.1% collective like-for-like sales increase across the festive season compared to the same period the prevous year. 

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Looking ahead: Andrew Johnson, Woodwinters

Published:  13 December, 2018

Tumultuous political times are offering an interesting backdrop to our latest Looking Ahead series.

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Restaurant numbers fall 2% in a year

Published:  06 December, 2018

UK restaurants are on the slide, according to the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners.

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UK hospitality sector continues to grow despite Brexit concerns

Published:  26 October, 2018

The UK hospitality sector has turned over in excess of £100bn for the first time and now employs 2.35 million people.

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Late summer spells trouble for restaurants

Published:  15 October, 2018

The restaurant trade suffered another tough month in September with sales dampened by the late summer, while the pub industry continued to bask in the sun.

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Bars and restaurants set to ‘save the high street’

Published:  08 October, 2018

The bar and restaurant scene has been predicted as key in preventing the decline of the high street, with 92% of councils believing night-time economy will play an “important role”, according to new research.

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Holiday season boosts eating-out market

Published:  16 September, 2018

Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales edge up 0.6% in August, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Britain sees 3,000 licensed premise closures in a year

Published:  10 September, 2018

The number of licensed sites across Britain has dropped to 119,800 in the past year, with a total of 3,116 restaurants, pubs, bars and other licensed premises having been closed down.

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Brexit delivering negative impact on business for three quarters of independent trade

Published:  30 August, 2018

A Harpers survey on the current effects and possible outcomes of Brexit has revealed that 73% of on and off-trade businesses believe the vote has already had a negative impact on their business.

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Milestone eyes Spanish and Italian wines

Published:  03 August, 2018

Milestone Wines is looking to add two further agencies to the business, its new director of agency sales has said.

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