Analysts expect Whitbread to report on Tuesday a rise of about 28% in earnings before interest and tax to £116m for the first-half, with pre-tax profits up 34% to £93m. This has been helped by higher margins at Premier Inn and continued expansion of the Costa Coffee chain. Whitbread is also likely to update the market on plans to issue bonds against its hotel and restaurant assets. The company said earlier this year it intended to increase its leverage but put plans on hold because of market conditions. The Sunday Express 14/10/07(Financial) page 28