Whitbread's Premier Inn sales rise in Q3 but RevPAR drops in London

11 December 2012 by
Whitbread's Premier Inn sales rise in Q3 but RevPAR drops in London

Whitbread continued to see sales rise across its hotel, restaurant and cafe businesses, with total sales up 14.4% in the third quarter of 2012, and like-for-like sales up 3.3%.

The group's budget hotel brand Premier Inn saw total sales climb 12.6% in the 13 weeks to 29 November 2012, with like-for-like sales growth of 2.5%. It increased its total room nights sold by 9.6% to 10.5 million.

In the London market, for the third quarter, Premier Inn's total RevPAR declined by 0.9% although Whitbread said this compared with a decline of 1.9% for the total market and a drop in the mid-scale and economy sector of 11.4%. During the year, Premier Inn has increased capacity by 22% in London.

Total sales in the group's restaurants division, which includes brands such as Beefeater, Brewes Fayre and Table Table, recorded total sales growth of 4.1% and like-for-like sales growth of 1.9%.

Meanwhile cafe chain Costa continued its rapid expansion, with total sales growth up 25.5%, and like-for-like sales up 7.1%.

Andy Harrison, chief executive of Whitbread said: "Whitbread continued its strong growth momentum with total sales up 14.4% together with good like for like sales growth of 3.3%. This once again demonstrates the strength of our brands.

"During the third quarter, Premier Inn continued to outperform its competitive set with total sales growth of 12.6% and like for like sales growth of 2.5%. Over the same period, Premier Inn delivered total revpar growth of 0.7% compared with a decline of 0.6% for the total UK hotel market and a decline of 5.4% for the Mid-scale and Economy sector."

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