Archive: September 2017

60 Seconds on cinemas: A tough year in prospect?

The current situation: US cinema attendances are down 52% y-t-d (per Box Office Mojo). BOM unhelpfully adds ‘summer 2017 is closing out with the worst Labor Day weekend in 17yrs’. Such trends have a habit of crossing the pond. How did we get here?     TV did the damage 50yrs ago.     Cinema subsequently rallied…

60 Seconds on Restaurant Group, Marstons, and Greene King

The scene is set… The market responded well to Restaurant Group’s first half trading update last week, with shares up c10% (338p). Confidence is growing in Restaurant Group’s turnaround but its sales trend is negative at a time when its industry is oversupplied and facing cost pressures. Management itself says: ‘like-for-like sales and margins will…

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