Company name Mitchells & Butlers
Headline Interim Management Statement

RNS Number : 9991H
Mitchells & Butlers PLC
19 July 2012

19 July 2012

                                                             Mitchells & Butlers plc

                                                      Interim Management Statement


Operating performance


Like-for-like sales growth was 0.4% in the 14 weeks to 14 July and 1.9% for the 42 weeks of the year to date, with the recent period in particular adversely impacted by the persistent wet weather and the negative impact of the European Football Championships.  Within this, trading on key days and special occasions has remained strong with 4% like-for-like sales growth over the five days of the Diamond Jubilee weekend.  Like-for-like growth in the most recent 9 weeks since the date of the Interim Results announcement has been 1.6%.


Like-for-like sales

H1 2012

Current trading

Trading to IMS

28 weeks to

7 April 2012

14 weeks to

14 July 2012

42 weeks to

14 July 2012















Total sales for the Retained Estate* were up 5.1% in the first 42 weeks.  Total Company sales, including the impact from major disposals last year, were up 2.6%.


The trials of our new 'ways of working' are progressing well and the roll-out of free wi-fi across the whole of our estate is now more than 50% complete.  We continue to focus on delivering excellent customer service and guest satisfaction to drive operational performance.  Overall, the business transformation programme remains on track.


Financial position


There has been no material change to the financial position of the Group since the half year announcement.


Board composition


The process to appoint a new CEO and further Non-Executive Directors is continuing and remains a priority for the Board.




Trading conditions remain challenging with a difficult consumer environment together with ongoing inflationary cost pressures.  However, the combination of our strong brands, assets and operating capabilities as well as the benefits from the business transformation programme leave us well positioned to grow the business.


Bob Ivell, Executive Chairman, commented:


"Despite the continuing poor weather and challenging economic conditions, we are continuing to deliver a resilient operating performance.  Our business transformation programme is progressing well and we are increasing the focus on guest service in all parts of the business.  We remain on track to deliver full year results in line with market expectations."


* Note: Retained Estate comprises the ongoing business.  It excludes the major disposal of 333 non-core pubs in November 2010.


There will be a conference call for analysts and investors at 9.30am; please dial +44(0) 1452 555 566 and quote conf ID 12166280.  Please dial in 5-10 minutes before the conference start time.  The replay will be available until 25 July 2012 on +44(0) 1452 550 000, replay access number 12166280#.


For further information, please contact:


Tim Jones - Finance Director

+44 (0)121 498 6514

Stephen Hopson - Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0)121 498 4895

James Murgatroyd (RLM Finsbury)

+44 (0)207 251 3801



Notes for editors:



Mitchells & Butlers is the leading operator of restaurants and pubs in the UK.  Its portfolio of brands and formats includes Harvester, Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Premium Country Dining Group, Crown Carveries, Sizzling Pubs, All Bar One, Browns, Miller & Carter, Metro Professionals, Alex, Nicholson's, O'Neill's and Ember Inns.  Further details are available at and supporting photography can be downloaded at


Mitchells & Butlers serves around 125 million meals and 425 million drinks each year