Wetherspoon narrows annual losses as Britain’s pub trade grapples with rising costs and reduced spending

Company which owns more than 800 pubs throughout Ireland and UK reports £30.4m loss in year to end of July compared with £154.7m the year before

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon narrowed its annual loss from a year ago, even as the company battled soaring energy and labour costs.

Pub groups in Britain, still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, are now grappling with rising costs of everything from labour and ingredients to energy, and the threat of lower consumer spending, as inflation in the country continues to soar.

Last week, Wetherspoon’s rival Mitchells & Butlers also warned of tighter margins in its new financial year on higher costs.

Wetherspoon’s results also come after it said earlier this year that higher costs of labour and repairs were hurting its bottom line.


On Friday the company, which owns and operates more than 800 pubs throughout Ireland and Britain, reported a loss of £30.4 million for the 12 months ended July 31st, compared with £154.7 million loss last year.

“Perhaps the biggest threat to the hospitality industry is the possibility of further lockdowns and restrictions,” chairman Tim Martin said.

Like-for-like sales for the first nine weeks of the financial year were 10.1 per cent higher than in the same period last year, the company said.

— Reuters