Regent Inns, which reports six-month results on Thursday, is preparing to go on the acquisition trail with the remaining cash from November’s £16.7m share placing. It is also keen to promote its new Stonehouse brand. The company is expected to post a slight increase in profits up from £6.6m to an estimated £7.7m. Financial Mail on Sunday 01/02/04 page 6 The Independent on Sunday (Business) 01/02/04 page 4 (Calendar) The Sunday Times (Business) 01/02/04 page 10 (The Week Ahead)