Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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BUY THE RESTAURANT GROUP Spend some money on shares in Garfunkel's owner The Restaurant Group, says Altium Securities. TRG publishes preliminary results for 2009 on Wednesday, and Altium notes it has already highlighted an encouraging end to last year with like-for-like sales up by 5.5% over Christmas. Analysts reckon strong cinema admission figures because the Avatar film phenomenon will have helped push sales up, since many branches are close to cinemas in retail parks. Altium remains cautious about demand because of potential rises in personal tax and rising unemployment but says costs have also come down.

SELL NATIONAL EXPRESS Sell shares in coaches specialist National Express, says KBC Peel Hunt, which notes that economically struggling Spain is now the transport giant's biggest market. Analysts at KBC say the prospect of a double-dip recession in Spain could wipe out most of the earnings recovery it expects to see in the sector over the next two years. …

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