Jubilee football and rain give sales a boost

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Pubs enjoyed strong trading last month as the wet weather, Jubilee and Euro 2012 football tournament drove people to their local boozers, although restaurants fared less well.

UK pub and restaurant groups saw a combined 1.3 per cent uplift in like-for-like sales in June, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Mark Sheehan, managing director of Coffer Corporate Leisure, said: "We are seeing a change in the pattern of trade in the hospitality sector.

"Pubs are outperforming restaurants and the provinces are trading better than London."