The pub, bar and restaurant sector have had a successful start to the new year.

The latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show that like-for-like sales were up 1.9 per cent in January compared to the same period last yer.

Karl Chessell, director of CGA that produced the research with The Coffer Group and RSM, said: "Reasonably good weather, in particular the lack of snow, will have helped sales, but nonetheless it is encouraging to see that the public is continuing to go out to eat and drink."

Regionally, London had a tougher time but still saw like-for-likes ahead 0.7 per cent compared to 2.3 per cent outside the M25.

Managed pubs saw like-for-likes grow 1.7 per cent over the month, while bar operators were also up, although by only 0.9 per cent.

Paul Newman, head of leisure and hospitality at RSM, said, "A year-over-year sales boost is a welcome reward for the many pubs, bars and restaurants who refined their New Year offering to capitalise on the trends for Veganuary and alcohol alternative drinks.

"Any sales increase will be welcomed by a sector that still faces tremendous cost pressures, particularly around people, business rates and food prices."

The Coffer Peach Tracker industry sales monitor for the UK pub, bar and restaurant sector collects and analyses performance data from 58 operating groups, with together almost 10,000 sites and a combined turnover of over £11bn and is the established industry benchmark.