Whitbread, with its mix of hotels, health clubs and restaurants, is certain to be the centre of speculation this year as enterprising private equity group sniff around. Between them Whitbread, Rank and Ladbrokes account for £10bn worth of stock market assets. With a reshuffling of the leisure business on the cards, if they changed hands this would get 2006 off towards a bumper year for corporate deals. The Independent on Sunday says Whitbread has some great brands. Analysts believe it could go for as much as 1,250p a share. The Mail on Sunday 01/01/06 (Financial Mail) page 6 The Independent on Sunday 01/01/06 (Business) page 39