Costa Coffee drives Whitbread growth

A near 30% sales bump for Marketing Week’s brand of the year, Costa Coffee, helped parent company Whitbread perform “strongly” over the summer.

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The coffee chain reported like for like sales, from outlets opened for a year or more, grew 9.7% in the 11 weeks to 18 August. Including shops opened in the past year, sales grew 28.8%.

Budget hotel chain Premier Inn registered a 7.1% increase in like for like sales as cash-conscious consumers sought cheaper nights away.

Strong performances at Costa and Premier helped lift Whitbread’s like for like sales 4.8% in the period.

Food brands such as Beefeater Grill and Brewers Fayre delivered the only bad news for the company, with same outlet sales falling 1.6%.

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