Britain's Most Admired by sector: Leisure & Hotels


Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

1 InterContinental Hotels 61.0
2 Whitbread 60.6
3 Carnival 53.9
4 Tui Travel 50.6
5 Thomas Cook Group 50.3

IHG, the world's biggest hotel firm, remains top despite a 4-point dip in a hard-hit sector. Q3 turnover was down 19% year-on-year to £239m. Second again, Whitbread reported a 2.7% fall in pre-tax profits to £118.2m on revenues up 3.1% to £703.3m. It owns Costa Coffee, which reported like-for-like UK sales growth of 2.5% in the six months to August. Third-placed cruise operator Carnival shed more than 7 points despite cutting prices to weather the economic storm, and helping to make cruising the UK's fastest-growing holiday habit. Tui raised £490m in September to help refinance a £900m loan. Thomas Cook's finance arm is expanding into Russia and China.

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