By Jonathan Davies

JD Wetherspoon has reported a 4.1% rise in pre-tax profits for the first half of its financial year.

One of the UK's biggest pub chains, Wetherspoon posted a profit of £37.5m on a 10.1% increase in food sales. The chain suggest its focus on daytime food and drink is paying off.

But JD Wetherspoon is now targeting the breakfast market as well. It announced plans to sell filter coffee for 99p or less with free refills between 8am and 2pm.

"Our aim is to triple coffee and breakfast sales over the next 18 months," said JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin.

But Mr Martin admitted that competition from supermarkets continues to weigh on its business.

"Our profit was under pressure from areas which included increased competition from supermarkets and increased pay and bonuses for pub staff," said he said.