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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. June 19, 2012

      Whitbread’s Costa conundrum

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

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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