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One out of three from the UK’s best players restaurant groups aren’t making money, based on new information in to the battling casual dining sector.

Italian chain Carluccio’s has became a member of a lengthening listing of chains losing the fight against greater costs and elevated competition.

The deli to dining brand has known as in accountants KPMG to recommend possible strategies.

Prezzo, Jamie’s Italian, Byron yet others have previously announced closures.

A boom in casual dining a couple of years back, has provided method to dog-eat-dog competition because the now crowded sector faces greater costs and faltering consumer appetites.

“There’s little respite coming” based on Peter Kubik, partner within the London office of UHY Hacker Youthful which conducted the study.

UHY Hacker Youthful states this past year 20 from the best players restaurant groups were loss-making. This season it’s 35.

Which chains are battling?

Carluccio’s and KPMG are tight-lipped over precisely what choices are under discussion.

But it is another sign the old certainty – you could make dough from selling pizza – no more is true.

Other Italian-style eateries happen to be facing the background music: Prezzo is closing 94 outlets, Jamie’s Italian is shutting 12 branches and Strada 11.

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Because of so many Italians in the shops from Pizza Express and Zizzi to small independents, this area of the marketplace is saturated, states Stefan Chomka, editor of Restaurant magazine. And you have to mid-market hamburger chains.

“Every town virtually includes a decent place to obtain a hamburger whereas 10 years ago they did not and thus they have experienced a few of the drop out from that,” he states. Byron is while restructuring and will probably close 20 of their 67 branches.

Who’s still succeeding?

“Wagamama does pretty much,” states Mr Chomka. “Likewise Nando’s is really a fascinating success story.”

Both chains, he states face less direct competition from similar brands.

“[Nando’s] goes facing the KFC’s of the world nevertheless its not really a KFC. It is a proper sit lower dining experience. It is good for youthful people. Therefore it is doing very well.”

Another that’s bucking the popularity he states is Franco Manca. It’s Italian, but it’s less expensive than Pizza Express et al as well as attracts a more youthful crowd.

“It’s grown phenomenally within the last 3 or 4 years as individuals have moved from bigger chains towards a few of the smaller sized chains,” states Mr Chomka.

How come occasions so tough?

There are a variety of products states Peter Kubik at UHY Hacker Youthful which are stopping the figures accumulated for restaurant chains.

The autumn in sterling because the referendum election has pressed up the price of any imported ingredients whether that’s mozzarella or meat, olives or avocado. And staff pay goes up too.

“The federal government has ratcheted up costs with a number of above-inflation increases within the minimum wage, and we’re just days from another 4.4% increase in April,” states Mr Kubik. “That’ll be tough for several restaurants to soak up.”

Mr Kubik states “Brexit hanging over consumers just like a dark cloud” means individuals are more unwilling to splash out.

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Image caption Byron’s is closing some stores

Will Wright, KPMG’s restructuring partner accountable for Byron’s recent cope with its creditors, adds in rising business rates and also the burden of debt being born by many of the chains – the effect of a flurry in merger and acquisition activity which has left some tied to the incorrect sites within the wrong areas.

“As restructuring practice we have never been as busy as we’ve been in last couple of several weeks within this sector,” he states.

Shall we be eating at restaurants less?

There are specific fashionable city center places, where should you show up in the wrong time you may still finish up queuing for any table. For instance cafes offering highly ‘Instagramable’ weekend brunches.

There’s still a buoyant marketplace for locations that obtain the offer right, based on Deloitte.

But consumer spending power, squeezed by low wage growth and greater inflation, means individuals are reining in discretionary leisure spending generally, including being economical at restaurants. Many are replacing it with home delivered meals, or ready-meals like Marks and Spencer’s effective Dine Set for Two for &pound10.

Some restaurants have responded with more and more aggressive discounting Deloitte found 38% of visits involve an offer or special. However, when it comes to profitability that just makes things worse.

Just how much can change?

Sarah Humphreys, lead partner for casual dining at Deloitte, thinks the present spate of closures is “a blip” which before lengthy i will be back around the lengthy term trend of the booming marketplace for meals out.

“Should you expect 10 years… we are eating at restaurants more frequently,” she states.

However the current squeeze means meanwhile we are prone to notice changes in the shops this season, states Mr Wright at KPMG, whether simply because the less lucrative branches have left or if whole chains finish up disappearing.

“It is a extremely fast moving sector. New concepts are the content. Companies have to stay very relevant and also to do that they must put money into their sites to ensure that they’re fresh,” he states.

Ms Humphreys and also the team at Deloitte think reduced margins now will focus minds on improving productivity and purchasing new technology like pre-ordering, mobile payments and customisable menus that attract more youthful customers.

The long run she states is going to be about giving customers a much better experience, and suggests concept restaurants like Bounce that provides meals and ping-pong side-by-side or food alongside crazy golf, or music.

“It comes down to which makes it an event: something with drama and pizzazz,” she states.

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