Easier comparisons with a year earlier should enable leisure group Whitbread to reverse its recent trend for negative sales growth when it updates shareholders on first quarter trading ahead of its annual meeting tomorrow.
Premier Travel Inn was the only part of its business to make progress in its last update in March, with high street chains such as TGI Friday's and Pizza Hut down 3.7 per cent and pub restaurants off two per cent.
There was a decline of 0.6 per cent at health club chain David Lloyd Leisure even though total membership in the UK hit an all-time high of 364,000.
This meant like-for-like sales across the group dropped 0.7 per cent compared with a fall of 0.5 per cent in December when Whitbread updated the market on the first 39 weeks of its financial year.
Having achieved like-for-like sales growth of seven per cent in 2005/06, Barclays Stockbrokers expects growth at Premier Travel Inn to slow, but remain positive at more than five per cent.
There may also be an update on plans, announced in May, to sell a sizeable chunk of its Brewers Fayre and Beefeater pub restaurants.
Meanwhile, attention will be focused on the recovery stories at Sainsbury's and British Energy this week in what should be a quiet time for corporate results.
The resurgence of super-market group Sainsbury's faces a fresh test on Wednesday when it updates the market on first quarter trading.
Sainsbury's accounts for 16 per cent of grocery sales in the UK, just behind Asda but a long way from the 30.8 per cent controlled by industry leader Tesco.
Chief executive Justin King recently managed to turn the first loss in the company's history into profits of £104 million, with five successive quarters of sales growth.
Underlying profits in the year to March 25 rose 12 per cent to £267 million and were ahead of market expectations for a gain of 11 per cent.
A consensus of analysts is predicting a 5.1 per cent rise in like-for-like sales for Sainsbury's in the 12 weeks to June 17.
However, the City points out that comparisons with Tesco's performance of a rise in like-for-like sales of 4.5 per cent in the UK for the 13 weeks to the end of May 27, will be distorted due to Sainsbury's later trading period.
Sainsbury's figures include weeks in June of glorious barbecue weather. In addition, two important England World Cup games took place, boosting food and drinks - in particular against Paraguay on a Saturday.
Clive Black, analyst at Shore Capital Stockbrokers, said: "We believe that the correct time to judge this current Sainsbury's recovery plan will be in six to 12 months' time."
DSG International, the owner of electricals chain Currys, will look back on an eventful year when it reports full-year results on Wednesday. However, though DSG's financial performance this year will have been boosted by sales of flat-screen televisions, analysts remain cautious about a long-term recovery.