Like-for-like sales in September were up by 0.5% compared with 2017 levels, according to a study of over 100 hospitality organisations that use S4Labour scheduling and HR software. Food sales were the driving force behind this rise as these operators saw an average 3.5% increase across their sites. Wet-led businesses typically faced a leaner start to autumn with an average 2.7% fall in drink sales, partially mitigated from a 1.7% rise in their food revenues. Meanwhile, food-focused businesses enjoyed a 3.7% growth in drink sales. This follows a strong summer of revenues for operators, who will be hopeful it continues into the autumn in the lead up to the busy Christmas period.