Costa Coffee’s total sales have increased by 25.3% in the last nine months.In parent company the Whitbread Group’s latest financial results for the 39 weeks to 29 November, the coffee shop chain saw like-for-like sales (LFL) grow by 6.9%.During the company’s third quarter period, Costa’s total sales increased by 25.5% while LFLs rose by 7.1%.In the financial year so far, Costa grew total system sales by 21.9% to £733.9m, as well as franchise sales which saw a 18.7% rise to £295.7m.Andy Harrison, chief executive of Whitbread, said: “This once again demonstrates the strength of our brands. The economic environment remains challenging with no change in our background consumer market. We are on track to deliver full-year results in line with expectations.”From 1 March to 29 November, the company opened 130 stores and closed nine in the UK, bringing its store count to 1,212. On an international scale, 2,437 stores are currently operating under the Costa brand, compared to 2,203 nine months ago.The company said it plans to open 330 net new stores worldwide and around 1,300 Costa Express units in the full year.Within Costa’s EMEI region, system sales grew by 10.8% to £125.8m, while its Asia division saw a 80.2% increase in system sales to £33.8m.The Whitbread Group, which operates such brands as Costa Coffee, Premier Inn hotels and Beefeater Grill restaurants, also saw its total sales rise by 14.4% along with a LFL sales growth of 3.3%.
Shelly Diane Rigby, 39, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Born February 15, 1979 in Shelbyville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Victor Wayne and Lois Jean (Hoffman) Rigby. Shelly was a 1997 graduate from Greensburg Community High School. She was home health care volunteer. She had attended the Lifeline Wesleyan Church, she had been a graphic designer and photographer for the websites to both the IPW (Indiana Professional Wrestler) and the NEW (New Era Wrestlers). She is survived by her parents; three sisters, Sherry Sizemore, Greensburg, her twin, Sheila Rigby, Greensburg, Shonna Rigby, Greensburg; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one half-sister, Rebecca Dawn Baugh. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Doug Preston officiating. Interment will follow in the South Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com