Costa Coffee enjoys dramatic rise in sales

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.