- Pub group Mitchells & Butlers reported a fall in first-quarter sales as emergence of the Omicron variant in December weighed on performance.

For the 15 weeks ended 8 January 2022, like-for-like sales were down 1.5%.

Over the seven weeks since company's last update like-for-like sales had been down 6.0%, with 'the adverse impact of Omicron being particularly felt in the most recent four weeks, over the important festive season, during which like-for-like sales have been down 10.2%,' the company said. "

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