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Total sales rise 14.8 per cent in financial year to date at Whitbread

Total sales rose 14.8 per cent in the 50 weeks to February 14th at hotel and restaurant group Whitbread.

Total sales rose 14.8 per cent in the 50 weeks to February 14th at hotel and restaurant group Whitbread.

In a trading statement issued on Tuesday, the group reported "double digit sales growth" and said it was on track to deliver full year results in line with expectations.

Like-for-like sales rose 3.7% across the whole group in the 50 weeks to February 14th with the biggest like-for-like increase being seen at Costa stores, where sales rose 6.6%.

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In the 11 weeks to February 14th, total sales rose 16.9% across the whole group while like-for-like sales rose 2.7%.

Andy Harrison, the Chief Executive Officer of Whitbread, said: "For the financial year to date, Whitbread has again delivered outstanding organic growth in a flat consumer market, growing total sales by 14.8%.

"Our strong brands continue to win market share, supported by our highest ever guest satisfaction scores and rapid expansion of our network. Good like for like sales growth of 3.7% demonstrates the consumer appeal of our brands and also enables us to reinvest in our people and facilities and to grow our estate. We remain on track to deliver full year results in line with expectations."

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