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FTSE LIVE: Whitbread turns focus to Premier Inn; Asos names new finance boss; Sales fall at Wickes


FTSE LIVE: Whitbread turns focus to Premier Inn after Costa spin-off; Asos names new finance boss; Travis Perkins’ hammered by poor sales at Wickes

Whitbread eked out a small lift in half-year profits and is now turning its attention to growing its Premier Inn hotels business as the £3.9billion sale of Costa Coffee to Coca-Cola nears completion.

ASOS has poached Britvic’s Mathew Dunn to be its new chief finance officer. He will join the online fashion giant next Spring.      

Travis Perkins’ recent trading was weighed down by its DIY retail chain Wickes, where sales sunk 4.3 per cent amid ‘significant price pressure and weak consumer confidence’.    

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