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Wetherspoon’s profits moves towards the top end of expectations



Demand from younger drinkers along with recovering demand for ale over the past three months has helped JD Wetherspoon with higher sales.

Tim Marton the chairman and founder of the pub chain is expecting annual profits to be “towards the top of market expectations.

Martin said that a revival for some traditional ales along with an uptick of Guinness sales “in the period continued the steady recovery from the pandemic.”

Martin said, “Traditional ales, which were very slow in the aftermath of the lockdowns, are increasing momentum, with Abbot Ale, Ruddles Bitter and Doom Bar showing good growth, as indeed are ales from the many small and micro brewers with which we trade.

“The gods of fashion have smiled upon Guinness, previously consumed by blokes my age, but now widely adopted by younger generations.”

Charlie Huggins, manager of the ‘Quality Shares Portfolio’ at Wealth Club, said, “Wetherspoons seems to be moving in the right direction, following a difficult few years. Like-for-like sales are growing and profits are expected to come in towards the top end of expectations.

Wetherspoons is being helped by moderating inflation combined with a proposition that is clearly resonating with the consumer.

Despite higher interest rates, consumers are still spending. However, they are becoming increasingly discerning. Wetherspoon’s commitment to low prices and doing the basics well are helping to keep punters loyal.

With many pub and restaurant companies struggling there is an opportunity for Wetherspoons to gain share in the current environment. With costs also coming down, it looks well set to continue its profit recovery.”

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