First-half results from Compass on Thursday are expected to show operating profits in line with expectations at £320m, according to The Business. The Sunday Telegraph, however, is forecasting a 7% slump to £257.1m, while The Independent on Sunday suggests just £220m. The world's biggest caterer has had a rough 18 months but the sale of Select Service Partner for £1.82bn raised spirits. It was around £300m more than most analysts predicted and will allow Compass to pay down £750m of its £2.3bn debt. The company will also be able to return £500m to investors and put £275m towards its £331m pension fund deficit. Compass has done much to reverse the slide in its share price, but still faces litigation from two rivals in the US, who claim it acted illegally to win UN contracts. Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein has a "reduce" recommendation because of the uncertainty caused by the "fiasco". The Business 14/05/06 page 17 The Independent on Sunday 14/05/06 (Business) page 11 The Sunday Telegraph 14/05/06 (Business) page 9