Shares in RHM rose 8.75p to finish on 271.75p yesterday, after the group revealed that trading across all of its divisions was improving.

RHM said yesterday that its interim results for the six months to 28 October would be in line with expectations, despite high wheat and energy prices.

Stephen Payne, an analyst at Corporate Synergy, said: "Overall there is an improving trend coming through in a number of areas although the business still faces a number of challenges."