Its owner Lion Capital tried - and failed - to sell it three times, but there is some good news for the Japanese-style noodle chain Wagamama. Its latest set of accounts show its directors to be keen to expand the company, which has 66 restaurants in Britain as well as 38 overseas. Profits and turnover are up despite tough competition in the mid-market restaurant sector and the launch of several imitators. The company says it plans to "follow a prudent growth programme" after a brief halt to expansion early last year. In the year to 25 April 2010, the company made a pre-tax profit of £15.4m on a turnover of £106m, up from £13m profit the previous year. The Mail on Sunday, Financial, p88