In Short

first_img== Costa considers deals ==Costa Coffee’s sales have continued to increase, but meal deals may soon be on the menu as like-for-like growth slows. The firm has said it will develop its food offering with lunchtime deals such as a panini and a cappuccino for £4.95, for example. Total sales growth is up 22% to £263.8m for the year to 26 February 2009. But like-for-like growth was at the slower rate of 2% compared to 3.7% for the first half of 2008/09.== Uniq cheese contract ==Wensleydale Creamery in North Yorkshire has won a contract with sandwich manufacturer Uniq Prepared Foods, to supply 100 tonnes of cheese a year, which will be used in Marks & Spencer’s Wensleydale and carrot chutney sandwiches, supplied by Uniq.== Starbucks sees loss ==Starbucks Corporation has reported a net revenue loss of 7.6%, down to $2.3bn, in its second quarter results to 29 March 2009. Like-for-like sales were down 8% compared to -9% in Q1 of 2009. Net revenue from US stores fell by 6.8% and international revenue was down 12.1%. The UK saw negative comparable store sales for the quarter.== Sainsbury’s ahead ==Sainsbury’s has grown its market share by 8.1%, more than several other major supermarkets in the 12 weeks to 19 April, according to the latest TNS Worldpanel Grocery Market Share figures. In contrast, the total grocery market grew by 6.2%.== Correction ==In the last issue of BB, we stated that the International Grains Council’s (IGC) estimate for global wheat production in 2008/09 was 688mt. This was incorrect. The IGC’s predicted figure for global wheat production in 2009 is 651mt.last_img read more

Blake Griffin carries Clippers to fourth straight win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In his last three games, Griffin has scored 99 points while shooting 72 percent from the field.It was the kind of night the Clippers, who have won four straight, expect from all of their stars, not just Griffin. Chris Paul scored or assisted on six of the Clippers’ first seven baskets and finished with 22 points and 11 assists; J.J. Redick drained three first-quarter 3-pointers en route to 25 points; DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds (to go with 11 points) for the 10th time this season.Over the course of the three days the Clippers had off between games, players from Griffin to Jamal Crawford to Redick insisted they didn’t even realize they had won seven of their last nine games – now eight of 10.There was still so much to do to get ready for the playoffs. So many things to do better. Their defense had been lackluster and they had formed a habit of giving up big leads.“I don’t think our guys really count (the standings) as much as they know where we’re at,” Doc Rivers said prior to Wednesday’s game. “I think if you asked our guys, ‘Do you like where we’re at as a team?’ I think most of them will say, ‘Yeah, I think we’re in really good shape and we’re in a good place.’ ” For at least one night, the Clippers (48-31), who moved to within half a game of Utah (48-30) for the fourth seed in the Western Conference, broke their bad habits.They never relinquished a lead that grew to as many as 20 points, and when Dallas rallied to get within 73-67 on a driving layup by Yogi Ferrell in the third period, the Clippers broke it open with a 14-4 run.Playing against a Mavericks team that had beaten them twice – including 97-95 on March 23 in Dallas – the Clippers summoned a first-quarter masterpiece.Before Mbah a Moute’s missed layup with 6:02 remaining, they made nine consecutive shots, including a pair of 3s from Redick, to build a 22-6 lead.They shot 61 percent from the field in the opening period, including 60 percent from beyond the arc.Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 15 points, while J.J. Barea and Ferrell both scored 14. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 9 points on 4-of-11 shooting.center_img LOS ANGELES>> The easiest shot the Clippers had to start Wednesday’s game came when Luc Mbah a Moute drove baseline and left his unobstructed layup short on the front of the rim.Fortunately, it was a rare miss for the Clippers, who buried their first nine shots and raced to a double-digit lead in a wire-to-wire 112-101 victory over Dallas at Staples Center.At the center of the Clippers’ offensive onslaught was Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting.last_img read more