Alan Parker, outgoing CEO, Whitbread
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Whitbread boosted by growth from Premier Inn and Costa

Whitbread, the company which owns Premier Inn and Costa Coffee, has just reported a 28% rise in profits for the half year.

As corporate budgets have been slashed, Premier Inn is also increasingly frequented by business travellers, who accounted for 60% of sales in the first half.

He told the BBC that making profit 'isn't rocket science'.