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National Trust restaurants break record

15 September 2005
National Trust restaurants break record

Fine weather helped National Trust restaurants turn over more than 1m in the August bank holiday week, breaking all previous records for a seven-day period.

The record-busting sales were made by the 120 restaurants and tearooms owned and managed by the National Trust between 29 August and 4 September.

Although the August bank holiday is traditionally one of the National Trust's busiest times, poor weather hit visitor numbers in 2004.

This year, sales soared by 11% during the bank holiday week and four regions, led by the South-east of England, achieved sales of more than 100,000.

The National Trust's catering operation has an annual turnover of £26m, and has boosted its profit margins by more than 400% in the past four years, from £1.9m in 2001-02 to a forecast 6m in 2005-06.

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