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Whitbread Opens 80 Hotels in India, Sales Rise

Whitbread said on Tuesday it was to spend up to 150 million pounds ($297 million) opening 80 hotels in a joint venture in India and reported like-for-like sales were up 5.6% in the 13 weeks to May 31.

Whitbread, which earlier this month agreed to sell its David Lloyd health club chain for 925 million pounds, said it planned to create 12,000 rooms over the next 10 years in its Indian joint venture.