The Costa Coffee boss must be asking what on earth he has to do to become chief executive of his parent company, Whitbread. Be a former Whitbread finance director: check.
There has been a better-than-expected improvement in the UK's public finances, according to official figures. There has been a better-than-expected improvement in the UK's public finances, according to official figures.
LONDON Two-thirds of the way through a trio of political earthquakes that a year ago looked set to shake British business and markets, the best lesson gleaned by financial investors for part three is to hold their nerve.
... * FTSE 100 up 0.5 percent, highest in 10 days. * UK public finances improve by more than expected. * Vodafone up 4.0 percent. * Dixons Carphone and Travis Perkins also get upgrades.
Severn Trent Plc, the U.K.'s second-largest publicly traded water company, said fiscal full-year profit climbed 8.8 percent on higher sales.