Trading at pub firm JD Wetherspoon was "slightly better than expected" in the final quarter of its financial year.
The company said that with seven weeks of the current 53-week financial year left to run, it anticipated a slightly better trading outcome than was foreseen in its last update.
Nonetheless the company said that it would still require like-for-like sales to increase by about 3% to 4% in its next financial year in order to maintain profits at this year's levels.
A further update is expected in Wetherspoon's pre-close trading statement on 12 July.
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