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.