Whitbread said slowing growth at its Costa Coffee stores would recover as the UK enters a “third wave” of coffee drinking, with the increasingly sophisticated tastes of British customers resulting in greater spending on finer brews.
People with problem debt could be given a six-week breathing space, the government has confirmed. It follows pressure from rebels in the House of Lords, who had threatened to vote down the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill later on Tuesday.
Carillion has provisionally agreed to offload a big chunk of its healthcare business and has put in place more than �140 million of new debt facilities as the troubled construction and outsourcing group battles to turn around its fortunes.
RBS has paid out �115 million in compensation to businesses over "complex fees" tied to the long-running scandal over alleged mistreatment of customers.
A new emission charging system for older, more polluting vehicles in London is just a “first step” and must be accompanied by wider measures such as a national diesel scrappage scheme, according to environment groups.