Analysts and investors will be keeping a close eye on the food sector this week as a number of high-profile companies prepare to release their financial results.

Tomorrow, Cadbury Schweppes, which has recently the subject of takeover rumours, is expected to release its full-year results.

Analysts are expecting the group to reveal a £100m increase in underlying pre-tax profit from £764m last year to approximately £850m to £900m.

Also releasing its full-year results tomorrow is Scottish & Newcastle.

The brewer has been tipped by analysts to reveal pre-tax profit of between £295m and £305m, up from £271m the year before.

Later this week Nestlé will also release its full-year results, with analysts predicting the Swiss food group to record net profit of approximately £3.5bn.

And Associated British Foods is expected to reveal full-year pre-tax profit of approximately £600m later this week.

Chocolate retailer Thorntons will also release its half-year results this week.