Rumours are circulating again that Whitbread could be the subject of a takeover bid from US hotels and property group Starwood Capital. But chairman Tony Habgood must know nothing about a bid because he bought £250,000 worth of shares last week, which otherwise market rules would have forbidden him from doing. Shares rose 31p over the week to 1769p. The Mail on Sunday (Financial Mail) 01/07/07 page 8