Belfast Telegraph

Wetherspoon boss tells pro-EU 'gloomsters' to 'put a sock in it'

By Staff Reporter

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has witnessed a boost in sales over the past three months as the pub chain moves to open two Belfast bars.

The company's Northern Ireland-educated, Brexit-backing chairman launched another invective aimed at Remainers.

Like-for-like sales rose 5.3% in the 11 weeks to July 9 and total sales rising 3.6%, with Tim Martin saying the performance was "probably helped by unusually good weather". In the year to date, like-for-like sales increased by 3.9% and total sales rose by 1.9%.

Since the vote, Mr Martin has accused the EU of bullying the UK.

JD Wetherspoon is planning to open two new pubs in Belfast - one at the former JJB Sports store on Royal Avenue and a second at University Road.

Mr Martin also lashed out at former chancellor George Osborne, the IMF, the Bank of England, the CBI, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and PwC, who he claims were too negative about a Leave vote.

Mr Martin again took aim at "gloomsters", urging them to "put a sock in it".

Belfast Telegraph