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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

Barclays and HSBC expected to announce big bonus packages

Two big banks, who avoided the government bail outs, to issue strong third-quarter statements

Panel slaps Kraft with 'put up or shut up' over Cadbury

The Takeover Panel yesterday announced that US group Kraft Foods has until November 9 to make a firm bid for Cadbury or must walk away.

Cadbury to shrink choccy bars in fight to stave off Kraft bid

Confectioner's defence against takeover is expected to include a profits forecast

Cadbury halts speculation over takeover stance

Cadbury today sought to dismiss mounting speculation that chief executive Todd Stitzer is softening his stance to a takeover by America’s Kraft Foods.

Cadbury refuses to melt at £10.2bn Kraft Foods offer

Directors of confectionery icon unanimously reject cash and shares bid

Makeover for Australia's iconic Vegemite

The iconic Australian vegetable spread Vegemite is getting a makeover.

Cautious change to Australia's 'national dish'

To millions of Australians who spread it on their toast every morning, Vegemite is virtually a national dish. So when the makers of the pungent brown paste decided to meddle with the ingredients, they exercised extreme caution.

Cadbury withdraws China chocolate on Melamine concern

Chocolate maker Cadbury today became the latest foreign company to be hit by China's tainted milk scandal, ordering a recall of its Chinese-made products after saying tests "cast doubt" on their safety.

Groceries shrink as firms try to claw back cost increases

The size of some the UK's best-loved products has been secretly shrunk without any reduction in price, as manufacturers desperately try to claw back soaring inflationary costs.

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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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