Regent Inns is expected to report pre-tax profits of around £8.3m, down from £10.6m, when full-year results are revealed on Tuesday. Last year's football World Cup helped boost sales and the comparative figures will be more difficult this year, but executive chairman Bob Ivell has been improving the food and entertainment across all its brands. The company is rumoured to be a bid target and a management buy-out is also thought to be a possibility. The Sunday Express 07/10/07 (Financial) page 28