Marston's pubs see rising food sales

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Image caption Food sales have given Marston's a boost this year

Pub and brewing group Marston's expects its full-year profits to meet market expectations, led by an increase in sales of food.

At its managed pubs, the firm said overall like-for-like sales - which excludes new openings - were 1.7% higher in the year to 2 October.

Breaking this down, Marston's said food sales had grown 2.5%, while those of drinks were up by 1.4%.

It added that food now accounted for 40% of sales at its managed outlets.

The company, which will report its full-year results on 2 December, said it was also benefiting from continuing cost-cutting.

In its tenanted and leased pubs division - pubs which are run independently by landlords - Marston's said its like-for-like profits were expected to be 3.7% lower than a year earlier.

The company did not release a profit estimate for its managed pubs.

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