Britain's Most Admired By Sector: Restaurants, pubs & breweries

A remarkable showing from Diageo, which not only tops its sector again but takes the overall title of Britain's Most Admired Company.

1 Diageo 71.9
2 SABMiller 62.4
3 JD Wetherspoon 62.3
4 Greene King 61.7
5 Scottish & Newcastle* 60.9

Diageo comes top in all its criteria, gaining a full five points on last year. The world's biggest alcohol company announced a 9% rise in operating profits to £2.3bn, and CEO Paul Walsh remains optimistic about the resilience of Diageo's brands. In second place, SABMiller is up one sector position, but warned in October that a deteriorating global economy and weakening demand would make trading 'increasingly uncertain'. Pub chain JD Wetherspoon, up one place to third, bucked the trend, with like-for-like sales up 1.5% in Q1.

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