Tax row perks up Costa coffee sales

Press Association
Costa Coffee
Costa Coffee

The owner of coffee chain Costa has revealed a surge in sales as rivals Starbucks and Caffe Nero were criticised for their tax arrangements.

Costa, which has 1,212 UK stores, saw like-for-like sales rise 7.1% in the 13 weeks to November 29, compared with 6.8% in the first half of the year, parent firm Whitbread said.