Whitbread, which last week announced plans to open more than 300 coffee outlets in India, will deliver a trading update on Thursday. Analysts expect the outlook to be subdued following strong share performance fuelled by speculation that private equity firms may look to buy it. Rank Group releases interim results on Friday, with interest concentrated on plans to offload its Deluxemedia DVD business in order to concentrate on gambling and the Hard Rock Café. The Sunday Telegraph expects an 11% rise in pre-tax profits to about £80.9m. The Independent on Sunday 28/08/05 (Business) page 11 The Sunday Times 28/08/05 (Business) page 3.11 The Sunday Telegraph 28/08/05 (Business) page 6