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Strong demand for Costa coffee and a solid performance by budget Premier Inns saw a sharp rise in third-quarter sales at Whitbread, leaving it confident it will meet targets for the year

David Prosser: A much sweeter deal than Cadbury

Outlook It is not difficult to see why American Sugar Refining, the US company that is buying up Tate & Lyle's sugar-refining business, moved so quickly yesterday to promise that the transaction would not lead to job losses at the unit's east London facilities. No doubt it wanted to reassure the 550 Tate & Lyle staff who will transfer it to its employment, but more importantly it will have been desperate to ensure that this deal is not portrayed as a rerun of the Kraft versus Cadbury affair.

Cadbury's, their Kate Moss hologram – and a lawsuit from beyond the grave

The Alexander McQueen Company was last night considering legal action after the confectioners Cadbury released a Flake advertisement featuring a floating female figure which allegedly resembles the late designer's famous 1996 hologram of Kate Moss.

Do we need a 'Cadbury Law' to protect British companies?

James Moore examines the pros and cons of changing takeover rules in the UK

Sold for £14bn: another swathe of British firms disappear into foreign ownership

The number of British companies bought by foreign-owned groups far surpassed the number of foreign firms bought by British groups in the first quarter of the year, according to official statistics published yesterday.

Cable backs inquiry into takeover rules after Kraft deal

The takeover Panel as launched a review of the rules governing mergers and acquisitions in the wake of Kraft's £11.7bn purchase of Cadbury earlier this year.

UK tops EU foreign investment league

Despite a collapse in domestic investment unparalleled since the Great Depression, Britain remains a favourite with overseas investor companies, who created 20,000 jobs last year, according to Ernst & Young's latest survey of foreign direct investment.

David Prosser: Takeover Panel shoots itself in the foot

Outlook How wonderful our system of regulation is. In publicly censuring Kraft for the way in which it led people to believe it would reverse Cadbury's plan to close a factory only to change its mind once its hostile bid for the confectioner succeeded, the Takeover Panel has damaged only itself.

Kraft ruling forces top banker to abandon job at Takeover Panel

Peter Kiernan, the investment banker at Lazard, has been forced to withdraw his candidacy for the role of director general at the Takeover Panel after the watchdog criticised his client Kraft over broken promises during its £11.7bn takeover of Cadbury.

M&S to unveil annual profits rise

Marks & Spencer is expected to a post a 5 per cent rise in full-year profits tomorrow, the last set of results presented by the high-street bellwether's chairman, Sir Stuart Rose.

Kraft to close UK head office

American food giant Kraft is to close its Cheltenham head office in the wake of its controversial takeover of chocolate-maker Cadbury's.

IoD warns the Government against blocking takeovers

The institute of Directors (IoD) have warned the Government not to block foreign takeovers in the wake of Kraft Foods' controversial takeover of Cadbury, but believes the Takeover Code should be beefed up.

David Prosser: Let Arriva and Cadbury go, or risk real damage to our national interest

Outlook What is Britain coming to? First the US buys our favourite chocolate company and now Germany's Deutsche Bahn has snapped up Arriva, one of our biggest bus and rail operators.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Word of mouth will make us sit up and listen

This is the story of a family. They're called the Joneses and they're new in town. They've just bought the best house on the block, and they've got all the coolest gadgets, the chicest clothes. They're beautiful, glossy, buffed. Heck, the parents even still have sex. With each other.

David Prosser: Is Cadbury's takeover law set to melt?

Outlook Though Labour will no doubt have been happy this week to see headlines suggesting that its manifesto supports a populist new "Cadbury law" governing takeovers and mergers, what the party actually said was that it was looking forward to the Takeover Panel's report on the issue.

Amy Jenkins: We haven't 'moved on' on just because we've embraced café life

The Cadbury Cocoa House is coming soon to your high street. It will serve afternoon tea and chocolate and is an attempt by Cadbury – now part of Kraft – to take advantage of the booming, soaring, runaway success of coffee shop chains in this country.

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