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    1. 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 of...

    2. 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...

    1. 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 for...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 proportion...

    7. 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...

    8. 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 sales...

    9. October 25, 2013

      The M&A break-up boys are wrong

      It’s more than a decade since Whitbread brewed its last pint and, for the shareholders, giving up the booze was the best...

    10. MBA blog

      September 30, 2013

      A fast and furious end to the MBA programme

      The end of the MBA has typified the pace, the enthusiasm and the requirements of energy that have been asked of us all year....

    11. September 10, 2013

      Taste for coffee energises Whitbread

      Whitbread hailed the recovery of London tourism from the disruptive impact of the Olympics for helping drive double-digit...

    12. August 18, 2013

      Whitbread accelerating ‘drive thru’ plans for Costa Coffee empire

      Whitbread has sets its sights on expanding the reach of its Costa Coffee empire further beyond the high street. The hotel,...

    13. July 2, 2013

      Whitbread has big ambitions for small room concept

      Hotel rooms continue to shrink. Premier Inn’s new “hub” hotel of compact rooms, a little over 11 sq m (118.4 sq ft) in size,...

    14. June 18, 2013

      Whitbread cheered by Costa Coffee

      Whitbread’s expansion of its Costa Coffee chain was given a helping hand by poor British weather that lured customers into...

    15. April 30, 2013

      Whitbread to build on profits with Premier Inn and Costa growth

      Whitbread laid out plans to make its Costa Coffee and Premier Inn chains even more pervasive in the UK after the group...

    16. February 26, 2013

      Whitbread buoyed by setbacks at rivals

      Whitbread’s chief executive said he expected competition from its two biggest rivals to be resumed in earnest after each had...

    17. December 11, 2012

      China slowdown fails to dent Costa

      Slower growth in China failed to dent overall gains at Costa, as the coffee chain helped buoy third-quarter revenues at...

    18. October 21, 2012

      Business set to boost spending plans

      When Marks and Spencer opened its latest store in Paris last Thursday, the move was a high-profile example of the retailer’s...

    19. September 6, 2012

      Whitbread sales boosted by Olympics

      Shares in Whitbread rose more than 6 per cent after the owner of the Costa Coffee and Premier Inn chains reported a jump in...

    20. July 30, 2012

      Whitbread harbours eastern ambitions

      Andy Harrison is having to curtail his flight plans. The chief executive of Whitbread and amateur pilot recently received a...

    21. June 19, 2012

      Whitbread’s Costa conundrum

      Wishful thinking makes us selectively deaf. “Don’t extrapolate from a Q1 trading statement,” beseeched Whitbread chief...

    22. June 19, 2012

      Whitbread surprises with strong first quarter

      Whitbread posted an unexpectedly strong start to 2012 thanks to the continued expansion of its flagship Premier Inn hotels...

    23. April 26, 2012

      Futile for Man chief to rage against machine

      The door of a computer room crashes open. In steps Peter Clarke, chief executive of hedge fund manager Man Group, owner of...

    24. April 26, 2012

      Whitbread increases market share

      Hard-up consumers switching to its branded goods and services helped boost pre-tax profits at Whitbread, the owner of...

    25. April 3, 2012

      Whitbread finance chief to head up Costa

      Whitbread stoked analyst chatter of a demerger of Costa by appointing group finance director Christopher Rogers to head the...

    26. February 28, 2012

      Hotel bookings at Whitbread slow

      The rapid growth in demand for cheap hotel rooms in the UK is showing signs of slowing as hard-pressed consumers cancel...

    27. January 30, 2012

      Sir Stelios ups ante over EasyJet pay plans

      Stelios Haji-Ioannou, EasyJet’s founder, has stepped up his battle with the budget airline’s management, aligning his...

    28. December 13, 2011

      Whitbread: ticking the austerity boxes

      Just what the UK high street dining experience needs – another all-you-can-eat buffet. It is just £5.99 at the...

    29. December 13, 2011

      Whitbread suffers amid hotels gloom

      Whitbread, the hotel, restaurant and coffee group, has warned of stalling growth in the UK’s hotel sector as it reported a...

    30. October 18, 2011

      Coffee and hotel chains boost Whitbread

      Whitbread defied the UK consumer gloom with a 25 per cent rise in first-half pre-tax profits, predicting it would continue...

    31. September 6, 2011

      Hotel and coffee sales bolster Whitbread

      A rebound in sales at its Premier Inn hotels and Costa Coffee chain helped Whitbread post a near 5 per cent increase in...

    32. September 5, 2011

      EasyJet founder calls for non-exec’s removal

      Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of EasyJet, on Monday stepped up his protracted dispute with the low-cost airline by...

    33. July 13, 2011

      Sir Stelios urged to stop attacking EasyJet

      One of EasyJet’s biggest institutional shareholders has called on Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the airline’s founder and...

    34. June 21, 2011

      Whitbread reports growth despite royal wedding

      Whitbread shares jumped 7 per cent after the hotel and restaurant group shrugged off slow trading at its Premier Inn chain...

    35. May 23, 2011

      Deputy chairman joins EasyJet board exodus

      Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou scored another victory against the airline he founded after Sir David Michels, EasyJet’s deputy...

    36. April 28, 2011

      Whitbread lifts targets amid expansion push

      Whitbread is stepping up its expansion plans even as the new chief executive of the hotel and restaurant group predicted the...

    37. March 2, 2011

      Whitbread smells self-service success

      Convenience: how Costa Express machines might look   Andy Harrison is bringing the stripped-down service delivery he learnt...

    38. February 17, 2011

      Sir Stelios leads EasyJet pay-outs revolt

      EasyJet has suffered one of the biggest shareholder rebellions so far this year as investors led by the company’s founder,...

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