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Costa owner Whitbread reports sales up 6.9%

Whitbread operates Costa Coffee outlets and Premier Inn hotels. Credit: PA

Whitbread, Britain's biggest hotel and coffee shop operator, has reported a strong start to the year, helped by growing demand across its Premier Inn hotels, Costa Coffee and pub restaurant businesses.

The group said sales at outlets open over a year rose 6.9% in the 13 weeks to May 29, with underlying sales at its Premier Inn and Costa divisions up 9.5% and 4.5% respectively.

The overall like-for-like sales growth compares to growth of 4.2% in the 2013-14 financial year.

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Costa Coffee enjoys dramatic rise in sales

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Costa Coffee has expanded rapidly on an explosion in popularity of coffee shops in the UK. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Business is booming for Costa Coffee, with the High Street chain recording a like-for-like sales increase of 7.1% and a total sales increase of 25.5% in the third quarter.

The expanding Costa brand helped boost its owner Whitbread, Britain's biggest hotel and coffee shop operator, into posting a 3.3% rise in the three months to November 29.

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