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0917 GMT - Whitbread’s 1.3% decline in 1Q like-for-like sales is broadly consistent with Shore Capital’s expectations as March sales must have been hit by bad weather, the brokerage says. Shore Capital forecasts pretax profit of GBP613 million for the fiscal year, after the company said it expects to deliver full-year results in line with expectations. Whitbread still faces cost and trading headwinds but its efficiency program offsets some of those issues, the brokerage says.