Pub chain JD Wetherspoons (LON:JDW) disclosed a 2 percent drop in full year profit before tax on Friday, citing higher costs and new cut price food and drink offers as reasons for the added pressure.
Underlying sales grew 3.3 percent and total sales rose by 7.4 percent to 1.5 billion pounds. The group’s profit before tax was£77.8m, down from £79.4 last year.
Chairman Tim Martin highlighted the excessive taxes placed on pub food in comparison to supermarkets and restaurants, and the negative effects of the disparity; citing the fact that pubs have lost 50 percent of their alcohol sales to supermarkets over the last 35 years due to this.
He said in a statement:
“As previously stated, a number of factors likely to influence our trading performance this financial year are difficult to quantify at this early stage. Positive aspects include an increase in pub numbers, a better economy and slightly lower interest rates; less favourable aspects include heightened competition from supermarkets and restaurant groups and increased staff, repairs, bar and food costs. We continue to anticipate a trading performance similar to, or slightly above, that achieved in the last financial year.”
Wetherspoons is currently trading up 1.78 percent at 732.78 pence per share (0910GMT).