Sandwich shop chain Pret A Manger is likely to be the subject of a £400m bidding war by private equity buyers. Pret was planning a flotation that would have valued it at between £300m and £350m. The approaches from Bridgepoint, Lion Capital and PPM could result in a far bigger windfall for the owners. McDonald’s, which owns 33% of Pret, is not thought to be interested in bidding. The Mail On Sunday 22/7/07 page 2 (Financial)