Shares in Sainsbury’s jumped 16% in response to the merger news.
Sky shares closed 3.4% higher at £13.59 yesterday – more than £1 above Comcast’s offer, suggesting a bidding war for control of Sky could erupt.
Shares in Whitbread were down by 0.98%, at 4,152p, in early trade in London on Wednesday.
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Nearly 650 shops and restaurants, run by a handful of major chains, have shut since the start of 2018 or are at risk of closure.
Power generated from wind and gas dominated the mix of energy for users in England, Scotland and Wales.
Chief executive Antonio Horta-Osório said the results continued to “demonstrate the strength of our business model”.
The forecaster said the expected rate rises would allow the Bank to “gradually but steadily normalise monetary policy”.
Shares in Carpetright fall more than a quarter following its second profit warning of this year.
The governor of the Bank of England has said that an interest rate rise is “likely” this year, but any increases will be gradual.