Analysts are predicting that half-year pre-tax profits for J D Wetherspoon will be higher than last time at around £20m.

Last year's pre-tax profits were £15.6m. Results are to be announced on Friday. According to one report, they should show excellent growth from the extra 93 pubs opened last year.

Financial Times 03/3/01 page 2 (Weekend Money)

Sunday Business 4/03/01 page 37 (Business Life)

The Independent on Sunday

4/03/01 page 4 (Business)