9 September 2015 - Janet Bird
The company behind Costa Coffee says it expects to have to raise some prices to offset the impact of the Government's national living wage.
Whitbread, which also owns the Premier Inn hotel group, said the effect of the proposed increase in the current minimum wage would be substantial.
The comments came as Whitbread posted its second quarter sales figures, which showed continued growth, albeit at a slower rate than during the previous three month period. Like for like sales across the group increased by 3.3 percent in the second quarter, a percentage point down on first quarter performance. Total Costa sales increased by 16.2 percent during the period, while total Premier Inn sales rose by 11.6 percent.