Punch Taverns regained its position as the UK's leading pub operator in 2006 after bumping up its numbers to 9,271 following its re-acquisition of the Spirit Group.
The next largest groups were Enterprise Inns, Wolverhampton & Dudley, and Greene King.
These figures are reported in British Hospitality: Trends and Statistics 2006, published by the British Hospitality Association.
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TOP PUB GROUPS IN THE UK, 2006
|Owner||Number of outlets||Selected brands|
|3||[Wolverhampton & Dudley](http://www.wdb.co.uk/Default.asp)(http://www.caffenero.com/)||2,544||Pitcher & Piano|
|5||[Mitchells & Butlers](http://www.mbplc.com/)||1,389||Ember, Scream, O'Neills|
|7||Wellington Pub Co(http://www.nestle.co.uk/Home)||851|
|8||[London & Edinburgh Inns](http://www.swallowinns.co.uk/)\*||795|
|13||[Laurel Pub Company](http://www.thwaites.co.uk/)(http://www.morellis.com/morelligo.html)||401||Yates', Hogshead|