Now the sale of upmarket hotel chain Marriott is almost complete, analysts are waiting to hear whether Whitbread intends to break itself up or sell to private equity suitors. Simon French, of Numis Securities, expects the company to reveal full-year profit before tax of £172.9m this week. The Sunday Telegraph suggests a figure of £175m, up by 14.4% on the previous year. The Independent on Sunday 23/04/06 (Business) page 11 The Sunday Telegraph 23/04/06 page 9