Barclays analysts expect Mitchells & Butlers to reveal its growth rate has been maintained or improved when the pub operator updates investors this week. The company has been looking at Spirit Group’s pub-restaurants in a joint venture with Punch. The Independent on Sunday (Business) 25/09/05 page 11 (The Week Ahead) The Sunday Times (Business) 25/09/05 page 15 (The Week Ahead)