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Whitbread announces rise in profits

Whitbread, the company behind Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, have announced a 1% rise in profits.

Underlying pre-tax profit rose 16.5%, excluding £38.5m in one-off costs.

The group's chief executive, Andy Harrison, said economic improvement both in London and the wider regions had helped boost consumer spending.

However Mr Harrison told BBC Radio 5 live's Adam Parsons that expanding globally to the Middle East, India and China would be "very important" in securing the firm's long term future.

  • 29 Apr 2014
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