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%.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto made a critical diagnosis over national public insecurity and introduced a plan to restore peace on December 17, including dividing Mexico into five operative regions, as well as creating a gendarmerie. “Mexicans want a peaceful country,” Peña Nieto said to his security cabinet, state governors, legislative and justice representatives, and human rights observers. The head of state set diminishing “homicides, kidnappings, and extortions,” as top priority, for which he promised to execute programs, efforts and budgets as necessary. “There will be no improvisation,” he claimed. “Our national territory will be subdivided into five operative regions,” he added, and ordered the heads of different security corps to analyze every single area. The president, who urged the establishment of an authentic state policy that functions based on shared responsibility away from party interests, also ordered the creation of a “national gendarmerie” with 10,000 elements. Peña Nieto’s plan includes six main lines to fight crime: policy planning with clear goals, crime prevention by means of social security plans (for which he would dedicate resources worth $8,800 million dollars in 2013), respect for human rights, coordination and transformation of security institutions, and the evaluation of objectives. In recent years, the capture and defeat of top criminals “caused a fragmentation process within criminal organizations that are currently operating with a different logic; we went from a scheme of vertical leadership to a horizontal one, which makes them more violent and dangerous,” said Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Secretary of Government (Interior) during the ceremony. In Mexico, the homicide rate is similar to other countries in the Americas, although “we rank as one of the first worldwide due to the homicide growth rate,” expressed Osorio Chong, who said that only eight out of 100 crimes are reported in Mexico; however, only 15% of that is resolved, and only one out of 100 is punished. Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo, assured that his institution “is dragging” a structure that bears no relation to the current reality, since it was built in “a disrupted way (…) causing an uncoordinated fragmentation that blocks and makes its execution and functioning outdated.” By Dialogo December 19, 2012
In addition, Respect 90 is awarding grants to the Hazleton Integration Project’s Food Distribution Network (in Joe Maddon’s hometown of Hazleton, Pa.) and the Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, where Maddon managed the Rays from 2006 to 2014. Angels manager Joe Maddon and his wife, Jaye, are reaching out to help victims of domestic violence.The Maddons’ charity, Respect 90 Foundation, is making a $120,000 donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, with a $30,000 grant going to the WomenShelter of Long Beach. WSLB is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence through compassionate intervention, education and personal empowerment.The grant will be used to support victim services that have become challenging to provide during the coronavirus pandemic.“WomenShelter of Long Beach is very thankful to have this collaboration with Respect 90 Foundation,” said Mary Ellen Mitchell, the WSLB executive director. “Their contribution will have a direct, positive impact on the many victims of domestic violence and the children we serve.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error