Pre-tax losses at Starbucks in the UK have increased to £9.9m, compared with a loss of just £1.9m the year before. The figure was revealed in the latest company accounts for Starbucks Coffee Holdings (UK). However, in the past year the company has refurbished some of its UK stores and has earmarked £24m for the process in the year ahead. A spokesman for the group said: "These figures from last year reflect an undeniably tough period at the height of the recession and the substantial investment we made to alter the course of the business at that time. "That's paying off with a record number of customers and a return to solid sales growth in the last year." The Guardian, p35; The Sun