Attention turns to the pub as leisure sector steps out

This week will give us a glimpse of how consumers are spending their time, with Whitbread, Punch Taverns and PartyGaming all reporting.<br /><br />But it will be opinion-polling firm YouGov that gets a reaction from investors today, as it reports its full-year results. The company said in July that it was beginning to see the benefits of cost-cutting in areas that were not delivering revenue growth, and that trading was in line with expectations.<br /><br />Leisure group Whitbread will give its half-year update tomorrow for the 26 weeks to 27 August. Panmure Gordon forecasts a revenue increase of 2.4 per cent to &pound;698.6m, but a 6.3 per cent pre-tax profit decline. But the broker expects the group to maintain the dividend at 9.65p.<br /><br />Whitbread&rsquo;s Costa Coffee operation is expected to be the highlight of the report, with like-for-like sales having risen by 2.7 per cent in the 24 weeks to 14 August.<br /><br />Deutsche Bank remains upbeat on the shares, with a &ldquo;buy&rdquo; recommendation, saying that the shares still look cheap, despite a strong rebound over the past quarter.<br /><br />Also tomorrow, fashion retailer Burberry Group will give its second-quarter update.&nbsp; Nomura is forecasting second quarter sales of &pound;320m.<br /><br />Housebuilder Bellway&nbsp; produces its year-end results tomorrow, most of which was covered in its 6 August trading update. Numis expects the company to confirm robust net asset values and that it is now in a net cash position following the &pound;44.8m fundraising.<br /><br />&ldquo;We believe that the results will be well received and they should provide some support to the shares which have fallen around 15 per cent since mid September,&rdquo; it said.<br /><br />Mining giant Rio Tinto will deliver its third-quarter production update on Wednesday and UBS said that the market will be looking for an indication of Chinese demand. <br /><br />This is particularly relevant after relations between Rio Tinto and China were strained earlier in the year. Wednesday will also bring a trading statement from silver miner Fresnillo.<br /><br />On the same day, debt-laden Punch Taverns will post its full-year results, and is expected to post a profit of around &pound;162m, versus a loss last year.<br /><br />PartyGaming follows with its third-quarter numbers, and investors will looking for a signal as to how momentum is building for the crucial fourth quarter.<br />Also on Thursday, WH Smith gives its full-year figures.<br />