Home entertainment cheer for Woolworths

HIGH street chain Woolworths today said it had been encouraged by an improved performance at its retail division.

Big sheds come to the North-east

Large-scale big shed distribution facilities have been seen in the Midlands and along the M62 corridor for many years, but now Simon Hill of King Sturge says there is increasing demand in the North-east.

The UK is now bogged down by legislation

WELCOME to our comment column, in which leading figures from the region present a thought-provoking view on an issue affecting their company or organisation or the wider community.

Store ‘offers 250 jobs’

MAJOR redevelopment in a former Northumberland pit town moved a step closer last night as a retail group submitted its planning application.

Tuesday's evening business bulletin

Takeovers of UK firms by companies soar in second quarter; Film studio business Pinewood Shepperton which helped bring Harry Potter to the big screen warns of threat to revenues this year; Supermarket chain Asda hires former Marks & Spencer boss.

Brave fight to help sufferers

BRAVE Jonny Kennedy touched the hearts of millions of TV viewers with a moving documentary about his painful illness.

Maggie's End has a leading bar role

WHEN the pound coin was introduced on April 21, 1983, it quickly gained the sobriquet, “a Maggie”.

Poultry Council fears supermarket price war

HEAVY supermarket discounting on poultry meat – such as a chicken for £2 – is not sustainable, an industry spokesman warned.

Tuesday's markets close

Asda's price-cutting strategy pays off; Leading investment bank warns of profits fall; Tycoon Sir Tom Hunter increases stake in Dobbies Garden Centres.

Roadshow spotlights benefits of milk

ASDA together with Arla Foods is embarking on a milk roadshow across the country to highlight to customers the benefits of drinking the white stuff.

Farmers draw up prices battle plan

FARMERS are threatening to refuse to send their animals to slaughter if they don’t receive a fair price for their stock.

Farmers draw up prices battle plan

FARMERS are threatening to refuse to send their animals to slaughter if they don’t receive a fair price for their stock.

Memories of a holiday you cannot ignore

As Sexual Health Awareness Week begins today, Health Reporter JANE PICKEN speaks to the experts about staying safe this summer whether you’re on holiday or at home

Pass rises to dairy farmers - NFU

DAIRY farmers yesterday insisted that any increases in the price of dairy products in the shops should be passed on to them.

Commitment to UK beef wins praise

THE National Beef Association has singled out supermarket giants Morrisons and Tesco for their on-shelf commitment to British beef.

Harry sells 20 a second

HARRY Potter mayhem broke out at the weekend as the final chapter set records as the fastest book ever sold.

Hallows ...and goodbye

POTTERMANIA hit the North-East for the final time last night – as hundreds of fans lined the streets to get their hands on the final instalment from Hogwarts.

Winner Kieran's magic moment

HARRY Potter-mad Kieran Laing will be the first person in Newcastle to get his hands on the long-awaited final book tonight.

Morrisons suffer with summer sales

MORRISONS today became the latest supermarket retailer to report slowing sales growth in tougher trading conditions.

Sir Ian named new Morrisons’ chairman

FORMER Nissan executive Sir Ian Gibson has been officially named as chairman of supermarket chain Morrisons.

Gibson to take driving seat

THE man who brought Nissan to the North-East is poised to be unveiled as chairman of supermarket chain Wm Morrison.

Arla to pay out more for milk

ARLA Foods UK plc has announced the second consecutive monthly rise in the milk price paid to members of its dedicated milk supply group, Arla Foods Milk Partnership (AFMP).

Blaydon plans race ahead

Plans for the re-development and extension of Blaydon Shopping Centre - including an 80,000sqft supermarket for Morrisons - will be considered today.

Dame Shirley praises pilot

Dame Shirley Bassey last night praised her "brilliant" helicopter pilot for his decision to land in a field because of bad weather.

Asda shows its commitment to British beef

With Asda's demand for British beef set to exceed 250,000 head of cattle this year - an increase of almost 25% over 2005 levels - the supermarket chain is already confidently predicting this will rise by a further 12% in 2008.

I'm blaming it all on homemaker

I blame The Journal homemaker. One minute you're sitting in your kitchen on a Saturday morning reading the paper and contemplating nothing more exciting than a trip to Asda, the next you're driving through the streets, trying to read the Newcastle A-Z because you've seen the Perfect House on page 15.

Dismay at ASDA cheap food pledge

Nfu president Peter Kendall yesterday expressed his dismay at ASDA after the supermarket giant proclaimed its long term commitment to cheap food with full page advertisements in the national press.

Sainsbury sales rise less than expected

Sainsbury's revealed lower- than-expected sales growth yesterday as the supermarket chain joined Tesco in warning of a "competitive" trading environment.

Asda expansion plans thrown out

A supermarket chain has been refused permission to expand its superstore on the outskirts of Northumberland's biggest town for the second time in less than a year.

Wednesday business news bulletin

Sainsbury's sales down; MPC split over interest; Profits down at Currys owner

Sainsbury’s short fall

SAINSBURY’S revealed lower-than-expected sales growth today as the supermarket chain joined Tesco in warning of a “competitive” trading environment.

Location has stayed well ahead of the game

Work has started on the 100,000 sq ft Regent Point office building at the Regent Centre, Gosforth.

Starlets Kwik to impress

Tynemouth Cricket Club played host to the Asda Kwik Cricket Festival, which saw 16 school teams compete for a place in the county final.

`Challenging' market hits sales at Tesco stores in UK

Supermarket giant Tesco reported slower-than-expected UK growth yesterday in a more "challenging" market for its non-food goods.

Tesco reports slower sales

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco reported slower-than-expected UK growth today in a more “challenging” market for its non-food goods.

Sainsbury's looks set to outshine larger rival

Retailers will be back in the spotlight this week as Tesco and Sainsbury's are due to publish trading updates while final results will be published by Currys owner DSG International.

Sainsbury’s tipped to be top seller

TESCO and Sainsbury’s will square up this week as the two retail giants produce first quarter trading updates.

Ashington FC's move from Portland Park a step closer

A famous non-League football club's move from its traditional home of 100 years has come a step closer after planners gave the green light for a new ground.

Store plan threat to town revamp

Major regeneration plans in Blyth will be under threat if a supermarket chain is allowed to expand its superstore on the town's outskirts, it is claimed.

Store plan fear

Major regeneration plans in Blyth will be under threat if a retail giant is allowed to expand its superstore on the town's outskirts, it is claimed.


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Business Editor
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