Superstore found to its cost that Asda price didn’t tally

ASDA’S emphasis on cutting costs extends to its approach to rent reviews for superstore extensions.

ELECTRONICS company Filtronic announced its North-east operation was to be sold - initially for nothing. It agreed to sell its Newton Aycliffe compound semiconductor division which employs about 200 people.

A £1M refurbishment programme began to transform a building at Preston Farm Business Park into high quality office accommodation.

Michelle’s cup runs over with bold plans

ONE of the country’s top entrepreneurs is in the region today to launch her new lingerie concession.

FPB raps fines for price-fix stores

THE Forum of Private Business (FPB) believes that two of the UK’s biggest supermarkets, which admitted fixing the price of dairy products, have not received adequate fines.

Supermarkets fined millions for price fix

TESCO and Morrisons face renewed action over alleged milk price fixing after two of their competitors agreed to pay multi-million pound fines.

Tesco link to port plan

A MASSIVE retail import centre planned for Tees Dock could be used by Tesco, it was revealed this week.

From ‘Yoof’ TV to the Asda ads

Hannah Davies speaks to auteur, undercover reporter, festival director and the Emmy award-winning Patrick Collerton.

Festive rush yet to begin

HIGH street sales are showing signs of resilience, but a Christmas sales rush is yet to materialise, according to a study .

Slow start to Christmas

HIGH street sales are continuing to grow, but retailers will need a late Christmas rush if hopes for a strong performance are to materialise, business leaders said today

800 jobs likely at £50m depot

TALKS are taking place between the region’s biggest port and a major retailer over the construction of a huge distribution depot.

Ira helps family trees to flourish

AUTUMN may not be the growing season for trees but they will be sprouting up like nobody’s business in one small corner of Northumberland today.

The skill of training staff

TEES Valley employers and training providers attended a boardroom breakfast at the Evening Gazette recently to discuss the importance of skills development for employees.

Retail therapy

FREDERIC Fekkai believes “your hair is your most powerful fashion accessory,” so he’s created Coiff, a wardrobe of styling products that are so fine and light, they can be used with each other.

Eastern European promise

Food from the old country is helping Polish migrants to the region feel at home – and is tempting Brits to broaden their culinary horizons too.

Report is sure to be of relief to supermarkets

THE long-awaited provisional findings of the Competition Commission into the UK groceries market were unveiled on October 31.

Supermarkets rapped over foreign lamb sales

MAJOR supermarkets are still stocking large quantities of New Zealand fresh lamb, according to the latest data collected by the National Sheep Association

Family knows the secret to success

Being an established family business with an established brand doesn’t guarantee success.

Asda rapeseed oil deal for farmers

A GROUP of enterprising arable farmers have landed a lucrative deal to sell their rapeseed oil on the shelves of supermarket giant Asda.

Does this country need more supermarkets?

SMALL business leaders have reacted with astonishment to the Competition Commission report saying the country probably needs more supermarkets.

The big four have the following number of outlets in the North-East region:

Tesco: 13

Association keeps the British and Irish apart

CORPORATE moves by Anglo-Irish processing companies to blur the distinction between higher priced, home produced, British beef and discounted beef from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) must be strongly resisted, says the National Beef Association.

Big Four share the shoppers

IT IS virtually impossible for one supermarket to form a monopoly, a retail research body has said, as the Competition Commission prepares to release its preliminary findings into the grocery market.

65 jobs victims of health food drive

ATROUBLED food manufacturer has announced plans to axe up to 65 jobs by the end of the year as it closes its ready meal line.

Matt Bolton

THE grandson of an inventor and son of a couple of mad scientists, Matt Bolton’s life and career were never going to be ordinary.

Michelle Mone

THE posters of Richard Branson on her bedroom wall while her friends gazed at Duran Duran say a lot more about Michelle Mone’s career aspirations than they do of her taste in 80s heart-throbs.

Why pig farmers are praising Morrisons

PIG farmers have praised Morrisons for becoming the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge to sell only British fresh pork.

Grannie's recipes have become famous

IN 1998, Dianne Halliday decided to supplement income on the traditional hill unit she runs with her husband Tony at Dalefoot Farm in Mallerstang, near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria.

New food chain link leads way from farm to store

FARMERS and small-scale food producers have been urged to follow the lead of a North initiative to boost their communities’ economies.

Summer weather hits sales in-store

SUPERMARKET group Sainsbury’s has reported a slowdown in sales growth as it battled against poor summer weather and tough competition.

Summer weather hits sales in-store

SUPERMARKET group Sainsbury’s has reported a slowdown in sales growth as it battled against poor summer weather and tough competition.

Dairies combine in £1bn merger

The creation of a £1bn dairy giant was in the pipeline after two farming co-operatives announced plans to join forces.

Dairies combine in £1bn merger

The creation of a £1bn dairy giant was in the pipeline after two farming co-operatives announced plans to join forces.

Thursday lunchtime business bulletin

Bank of England resists calls for interest rate cut; Farming firms create £1bn dairy giant; London market forged upwards.

Every little helps with bumper Tesco profits

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has weighed in with another bumper profits haul, even though downpours cooled its sales growth over the summer.

Celebration for George

ALTHOUGH the Marks & Spencer fashion brand Per Una now has its own fragrance to capture its ‘one woman’ essence, perfumers would never be able to create a cologne to personify the man behind the label, George Davies.

Big firms feel the benefits at Teesport

OTHER companies have already seen the benefit of expanding port services on the Tees.

An early delivery of milk pay rise

AS a result of successful discussions with its major retail milk customers, Arla Foods UK has announced an increase to its standard litre by 2p, backdated to September 16.

Emergency meeting of poultry suppliers

ALL sectors of the poultry supply chain will be taking part in an emergency meeting on Wednesday organised by the North-East NFU.

Trading is kids’ stuff for Woolies

RETAILER Woolworths has said it is looking to children’s ranges such as Transformers toys to help it weather a potential slowdown on the high street.

Bold new vision for town wins approval

DEVELOPER Hammerson’s bid to regenerate Cramlington town centre have moved a step closer as Blyth Valley Borough Council has given unanimous approval to their vision.

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