Wetherspoon Sales Up 5.2% in Q1

Like-for-like sales increased by 5.2% in the 13 weeks to 28 April 2024, compared to the same period last year. Year-to-date (YTD) like-for-like sales increased by 8.3%.

Total sales increased by 3.3% in the quarter and by 6.5% YTD.

The last week of the period last year included a bank holiday weekend, whereas this year the bank holiday was a week later. Excluding that week, like-for-like sales for the first 12 weeks of the period increased by 6.0%.

The uplit is attributed to the younger generation are drinking Guinness while the older generation are driving coffee sales, the boss of Wetherspoon has said.

The chairman of JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, said: “Sales in the period continued the steady recovery from the pandemic.

“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.

“Also selling well among younger generations are Au Vodka from Swansea and XIX flavoured vodkas, the latter promoted by the hugely popular Sidemen.

“Wine has been on the comeback trail, with Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand, popular among Wetherspoon representatives of the chattering classes.

“Sales of Lavazza coffee are also increasing. Free refills are thought to be responsible for spontaneous exhibitions of breakdancing among retired customers.

“Our new menu, launched last week, has had a promising start, with some kindly reviewers comparing new dishes favourably with respected competitors:

“The company expects profits in the current financial year to be towards the top of market expectations.”