Pubs run by brewery group Marston's reported strong Christmas sales as more families opted to take the strain out of festive entertaining, according to MSN News. The company's managed pubs enjoyed a 5.8% rise in like-for-like sales for the key three weeks to January 5, including a jump of 10% on Christmas Day.
Marston's chief executive Ralph Findlay said the company had been encouraged by the performance, although the impact of last week's snow meant like-for-like sales were 1.2% higher in the 16 weeks to Saturday.
Other pub groups have reported similar trends for the festive period, with Greene King posting record takings for Christmas Day.
He added: "We expect economic pressures to continue to constrain consumer confidence, and see no evidence that the Government recognises the damage being caused to pubs by high taxation and over-regulation."