John Lovering, the chairman of pubs group Mitchells & Butlers, has invested nearly £145,000 in the company's shares.
He bought 50,000 shares at 289.5p each. This follows his initial purchase of 100,000 shares at 297.61p a share back in March.
Lovering has been chairman since January. He is a former finance director of Sears and chief operating officer at Tarmac.
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Earlier this month, Mitchells & Butlers sold a portfolio of 333 non-core pubs for £373m in cash to a private equity-backed firm so that it can focus on the informal eating out market. This leaves Mitchells & Butlers with 1,580 restaurants and food-led pubs. It had previously sold its Hollywood Bowl business for £27m.
Panmure Gordon says that the disposals will dilute short-term earnings but the cash will enable the company to expand in its chosen areas.
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