Brokers Credit Suisse are advising investors to hold shares in Mitchells & Butlers, which recently issued a trading statement broadly in line with expectations. Like-for-like sales improved 1.3% over recent weeks, a better performance than any of its rivals. Management remained cautious in their outlook statement and costs, as in the wider industry, are expected to rise next year. Although pubs are not favoured by Credit Suisse, M&B is preferred to many rivals. The Daily Telegraph 27/09/08 (Your money) page 6