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The Market

The political and macroeconomic environments we operate in remain uncertain. Studies indicate that Brexit has negatively impacted consumer confidence and created high levels of uncertainty around the wider financial and economic context within which consumers will make decisions. However, on the whole, our market has been relatively resilient, with consumers proving that they still want to eat and drink out and spend money on social experiences, particularly special occasions. Turnover in the eating out market grew by 1.6% in the year to March 2019 with an improving trajectory despite the challenges the consumer faces. The initiatives undertaken by the business have resulted in like-for-like sales growth ahead of the market demonstrating that we are also growing our share of the market.

We continue to closely monitor Brexit developments and have been working to develop a contingency plan alongside our main supply chain partners, including the provision of additional storage facilities. Should a 'no deal' scenario take place we believe these actions will help mitigate and reduce the potential disruption.

Uncertainty is a challenge for businesses which need to be able to accurately forecast in order to make decisions. This coupled with the oversupply into the casual dining market has resulted in a number of casualties in the industry. As a result, supply has started to decrease with managed restaurant numbers reducing for the first time this decade, by 0.1% in the year to December.

Cost inflation continues to adversely impact the sector, hence the importance of maintaining our focus on efficiency and driving profitable sales growth. We have said before that we believe success requires trustworthy brands, offering high-quality experiences, at the right price to generate sufficient sales growth to mitigate cost headwinds and grow profitability and we believe that we are firmly on that path.

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