Shares in Cadbury Schweppes rose 11p to finish on 671.5p yesterday amid continuing takeover rumours.

Analysts were speculating that the group, which last month revealed it would split its confectionery and beverages businesses, could attract interest from a number of bidders.

Meanwhile, takeover speculation is continuing to circulate around Scottish and Newcastle. Analysts suggest rival brewers Diageo and Carlsberg could be interested in making an offer.