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  1. June 26, 2015

    Dunelm chooses John Browett as chief executive

    Dunelm, the UK homewares group, has appointed a former head of Tesco.com and Apple’s retail operation as chief...

  2. June 16, 2015

    Cold winter drags down Whitbread’s restaurant revenues

    A cold and sluggish winter across Whitbread ’s 406 restaurants dragged the company down in the first quarter as it...

  1. June 14, 2015

    Movers & shakers: June 15

    Lesley Williams is to become the first woman to chair the National Association of Pension Funds, which represents more...

  2. June 11, 2015

    Top appointments inspire, not only because of gender

    Not only because she is a woman. Two female appointments have really stood out in the last couple of weeks. One was...

  3. FT Alphaville

    June 8, 2015

    These are tennis balls. When's the crash?

    Andy Murray, the third best tennis player in the world, who is 28 years old: I’ve always been interested in investment,...

  4. May 24, 2015

    UK boards miss 25% target for women directors

    Most of the UK’s largest listed companies still have boards where women comprise fewer than one-quarter of the...

  5. May 22, 2015

    Whitbread recruits Alison Brittain as chief executive

    Leisure group Whitbread has hired Alison Brittain, head of Lloyds Banking Group’s retail division, to replace outgoing...

  6. FT Alphaville

    May 22, 2015

    FT Opening Quote - Yellen may be telling

    Janet Yellen could give a telling speech later today on the state of the US economy and the likelihood of interest rate...

  7. May 6, 2015

    Does it matter which ‘soap powder brand’ wins UK election?

    City analysts are supposed to be good at spotting risks. But a perusal of brokerage research on the election shows they...

  8. May 1, 2015

    Boardroom trades May 2

    The new chairman at Tesco bought shares at the earliest opportunity, having joined in March when trading was embargoed...

  9. April 28, 2015

    Alliance chief has problem worthy of agony aunts Cathy and Claire

    Katherine Garrett-Cox, chief executive of the £2.9bn Alliance Trust, is of an age to have poured out her problems to...

  10. April 28, 2015

    Whitbread chief to step down next year

    The chief executive of Whitbread has said he will step down from the leisure group next February as the group announced...

  11. April 20, 2015

    Whitbread gains as break-up talk resurfaces

    A retread of long-standing break-up speculation helped put Whitbread among the gainers on Monday. Spinning off Costa...

  12. March 24, 2015

    Everyone wants a taste of booming UK coffee market

    Watch out Starbucks and Costa Coffee. A host of new entrants is piling into the business of providing time-pressed...

  13. March 13, 2015

    Growth target upgrade hopes lift Whitbread

    Hopes of a growth target upgrade meant Whitbread edged towards a record high on Friday. The Premier Inn and Costa owner...

  14. February 4, 2015

    Starbucks brews up UK profit after 17 years

    Starbucks has finally brewed up a pre-tax profit in the UK, almost 17 years after setting up shop in the country. The...

  15. December 23, 2014

    UK arm of TGI Fridays sold to Electra Partners

    The UK arm of TGI Fridays, the American-themed restaurant chain, has been sold to London-based private equity investor...

  16. December 11, 2014

    Whitbread ahead as consumer confidence grows

    Whitbread reported a 6 per cent rise in like-for-like sales, with its core Premier Inn chain boosted by growing numbers...

  17. October 21, 2014

    FTSE 100 losing streak enters second session

    The FTSE 100 set course for its second straight day of losses on Tuesday, amid a lacklustre reaction to updates from...

  18. October 21, 2014

    Whitbread to launch Premier Inn brand in Germany

    Whitbread is to launch Premier Inn in Germany, its first foray into the budget hotel market in continental Europe. The...

  19. September 12, 2014

    Whitbread weighed by budget rivalry

    Fears that room-rental markets such as Airbnb can capture a significant share of the hotel market left Whitbread, the...

  20. September 9, 2014

    Whitbread hotel unit rebounds in regions

    Hotel rooms in the UK regions are selling at a faster rate than those in London, Whitbread said, a remarkable turnround...

  21. September 9, 2014

    Scottish secession would make pensions do the splits

    Scotland could not be separated from the UK with a sweep of a pen. It would require microsurgery of the kind needed to...

  22. September 9, 2014

    Costa Coffee to boost French presence

    The Costa Coffee chain has been rolled out to the land of the café au lait as its owner looks to France for further...

  23. August 22, 2014

    Boardroom trades August 23

    Chris Rogers sold a quarter of his holding in Whitbread last week, banking £1m for shares that were worth half that two...

  24. July 18, 2014

    De Vere launches sale of  Village hotels chain

    De Vere Group is formally launching the sale of its mid-market Village hotels chain, the last and biggest chunk of...

  25. July 15, 2014

    Whitbread hires Richard Baker as chairman

    Costa Coffee and Premier Inn-owner Whitbread has appointed former Alliance Boots chief executive Richard Baker as its...

  26. June 17, 2014

    Strong sales send Whitbread higher

    The FTSE 100 made gains in opening trade on Tuesday, amid a tentative return to risk across European equities markets...

  27. June 17, 2014

    Whitbread buoyed by economic recovery

    Whitbread has profited from jobs growth in the UK regions, enjoying a 6.9 per cent increase in first-quarter sales. The...

  28. May 13, 2014

    Sandwich chain Eat plans expansion with £40m refinancing

    Private equity-backed sandwich chain Eat has arranged a £40m refinancing, as “food-on-the-go” chains stock up on...

  29. April 29, 2014

    Whitbread raises dividend and targets brand expansion

    Whitbread rewarded shareholders with a 20 per cent dividend increase on the back of double-digit rises in revenue and...

  30. April 3, 2014

    2013: A year of change for FTSE 100 chief executives

    Almost one in five of the UK’s largest public companies appointed new chief executives last year – the highest...

  31. March 18, 2014

    Forex probe offers life on the edge for Habgood

    A little under four years ago, Anthony Habgood rejected the idea of taking on an advisory role for the UK government,...

  32. March 2, 2014

    Leisure industry executives lambast minimum wage increases

    Leisure industry bosses hit out at the proposed above-inflation increase in the national minimum wage, warning jobs in...

  33. February 27, 2014

    Whitbread expects buoyant full-year results after sales rise 7%

    Buoyant Christmas trading benefited all Whitbread’s divisions but Andy Harrison, chief executive, cautioned about the...

  34. beyondbrics

    February 26, 2014

    SE Asia: Costa Coffee's next big hope

    Brewed coffee may not be an obvious market in southeast Asia, a region with a strong tea-drinking culture thanks to the...

  35. January 17, 2014

    Boardroom trades January 18

    Senior directors at Rethink Group traded between themselves last week, and a pair of non-executives followed up with...

  36. January 7, 2014

    Caffè Nero restructures loans to fund expansion

    Caffè Nero laid the basis for faster international expansion with the restructuring of its £275m of loans on terms more...

  37. December 10, 2013

    Improving UK economy boosts Whitbread sales

    The improving UK economy underpinned a rapid expansion of Premier Inn hotels and the Costa Coffee shop chain to boost...

  38. November 22, 2013

    Whitbread rises on hotel business hopes

    Whitbread was the top performer in a flat London market on Friday on rising optimism about its hotels business. Ahead...

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