The Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries has issued its trading update prior to the end of the current half-year on April 2, 2005, stating trading has been in line with expectations.

Like-for-like sales were 3.1% ahead of last year in Pathfinder Pubs and 3.2% ahead in the Union Pub Company.

In its brands, turnover and volumes were strong, driven by good progress in the free trade and new distribution to other pub companies.

Ralph Findlay, chief executive, said: “The outlook for consumer spending has generally become more cautious in recent months. Against that background our high quality pubs and beer business have continued to perform well.”