A slight upward trend was seen in the multiples (+5 per cent) and the discounters (+19 per cent), with their more affordable food-to-go offer, remain the clear winners, although the growth rate in the mults has slowed this period.

Commenting on the results, Tom Fender, Development Director at TWC, said:

“January is typically a tough period for the eating out market, with the cost-of-living crisis adding to the woes of the sector this year. Occasions fell by -12% vs. January 2021, which is a continuation of the trend of falling occasions that we have been reporting over the last couple of months.”