For the six months ended
"The second half of the year will face more challenging comparatives but we continue to target like-for-like net income growth, helped in part by Easter falling in April and the FIFA World Cup finals in June," the company said in a statement.
The group's profit before tax and exceptional items in the first half was flat at
Revenues for the period decreased to
"While market conditions remain challenging, we are pleased to have delivered like-for-like net income growth in the first six weeks of the second half of the financial year, maintaining the positive momentum delivered in the first half," the company said in a statement.
The company has been busy restructuring the business over the last few years, selling off unsustainable pubs or pubs with limited trading potential to help bring down its debt burden and reinvesting the disposal proceeds in the rest of the business.
It said it spent
"I am confident that through our activities to support publicans to grow their businesses we will achieve our target of like-for-like net income growth for the full financial year," said Chief Executive
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