Whitbread’s Costa coffee shop chain has overtaken Starbucks, its US rival, as Britain’s biggest by number of outlets, according to a report by Allegra Strategies. The Times
Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley has sold a stake worth £42m in the housebuilder.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments is understood to have won the battle for the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) portfolio, a deal believed to be worth in the region of £500m to £550m.
Three of Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud’s firms have collapsed and liquidators have been appointed.
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