Brokers are optimistic over Whitbread shares, with Deutsche Bank setting a target price at £20.50 (shares were £17.30 this week). Recent first-half results were positive with budget hotel chain Premier Inns showing improved profit growth, compensating for reduced growth at coffee chain Costa Coffee. Pre-tax profits were up 13%, the interim dividend was up 12% and the group has spent £174m since August buying back shares. The company is expected to return £450m to shareholders via a capital return. The Sunday Telegraph 28/10/07 page B9 (Share Tips, Business)