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Stock Watch

THE FTSE 100 closed up 82.6 points yesterday after a very strong opening on Wall Street which followed positive US retail sales figures.

Terrorism charges

Two men were yesterday charged under the Terrorism Act with providing support to a "proscribed organisation."

Landlord Grainger builds its appeal

Residential landlord Grainger plc's fledgling fund management business yesterday sold a £78m stake in its biggest fund to a range of institutional investors.

Getting up to speed

The North-East should be linked into a new national high-speed rail network to boost prosperity, according to a report.

Sparkling future beckons

Design graduate Charlene Ganly is a jewel in Sunderland University's crown, as Sam Wonfor discovers.

BA now rates a brighter outlook

British Airways' finances got a vote of confidence yesterday after the company's credit rating was upgraded to its highest for almost four years.

Stock watch

Yesterday the FTSE 100 closed down 0.9 points at 6649.3.

No business but a long and celebratory lunch

The 20th annual general meeting of the Geordie Cresta Club was yet another day of no formal business and a long, celebratory, lunch says my "fly-on-the-wall" reporter from the Black Bull at Moulton, North Yorkshire.

Sanctuary agrees to Universal takeover

Struggling music management firm Sanctuary has confirmed it has agreed to be taken over by the UK arm of entertainment group Universal.

Family Tree

In our regular series looking at the management structures of North-East companies, this week we focus on Gateshead-based software development company Rozmic Wireless.

It's a firm foundation by degree for future leaders

Jean Featherstone is a senior account manager with the North- East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) in Middlesbrough which she joined after spending most of her working life in the retail industry, including 13 years as a store detective with Marks & Spencer.

Recent incidents giving cause for concern

July 2006: RAF plane flies so close to a passenger jet leaving Durham Tees Valley airport that the crew "was virtually able to see the other pilot".

Rush to Europe

Annual passenger numbers on Channel Tunnel high-speed Eurostar train services could grow from eight million to 10 million within three years of journey times to the continent being slashed in November, company chief Richard Brown predicted yesterday.

Cadbury sells off more operations

Confectionery firm Cadbury Schweppes has sold another batch of businesses as it remains on track to generate £250m from disposals by the end of the year.

Award for advising young

A website giving young people the answers to their housing questions has won a national award.

Stock watch

The FTSE 100 closed up 36.0 points on Tuesday at 6606.5.

People on the move

Construction company Bluestone has appointed David Smailes as area manager for Tyne Tees.

Report on treatment hits GSK price

Monday's decline continued on the UK stock market yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index lost a further 30.2 points to close the day at 6606.6.

BA on board

British Airways has confirmed its involvement in a consortium looking to buy Spain's Iberia airline.

BA sets aside £350m after breaking rules

British Airways is braced for multimillion-pound fines and legal action after admitting it broke competition rules.

Stock Watch

The FTSE 100 Index ended the week at its highest level since September 2000, gaining 61.6 points yesterday to close at 6640.9.

Friday

People who work at home are more productive, a new report says; British Airways is braced for big fines over breaches of competition rules; and Warners are lining up another takeover bid for EMI.

City news

Uncertainty over trading conditions this summer caused British Airways shares to drop today.

Director steps down

Teesside-based Biofuels Corporation has announced the departure of its technical director.

Stock Watch

Rising crude oil prices pushed oil stocks higher yesterday, helping the FTSE 100 Index to close up 19.8 points at 6579.3.

City news

A bumper payday for BT shareholders failed to inspire the telecoms group after a dismal start for its shares today.

£550m forecast for BA despite turbulence

The increasingly competitive trading conditions faced by British Airways and BT will be in focus when the pair report results this week.

Rivals set to squeeze BA

The increasingly competitive trading conditions faced by British Airways and BT will be in focus when the pair report results this week.

£60m BA deal boosts Go-Ahead price

The FTSE 100 Index closed the session 25.5 points lower at 6524.1 despite takeover talk in the real estate sector.

Go-Ahead signs handling deal

Transport group Go-Ahead has won a £60m contract to provide handling operations to British Airways at four airports.

Airport contract for Go-Ahead

North-East transport group Go-Ahead has won a £60m contract to provide handling operations to British Airways at four airports.

Thursday

Interest rates have gone up again; a new report says jobseekers often arrive late and unprepared for interviews; North-East Go Ahead have won a big new contract.

Jobs of 24 saved by WECC sale

More than 20 jobs have been saved after joinery and shopfitting business West End Cabinet Company was bought out of administration by near neighbour Hadrian Group.

Google is the nation's favourite

Google is the UK's favourite brand while Pot Noodle is the "most hated", according to a new poll out today.

Price rises fail to deter Go-Ahead's passengers

Transport group Go-Ahead said it was on track for better-than-expected results as rail passenger levels grew in the face of fare increases in January.

Lucie's family clash after court verdict

The family of Lucie Blackman was last night embroiled in a bitter dispute after the Japanese man accused of her killing was cleared.

`We will fight on to bring Lucie justice'

The distraught family of Lucie Blackman vowed yesterday to continue their fight for justice after a court cleared a Japanese businessman of involvement in her death.

BA searches for partners to land Spanish line

British Airways says it has approached a number of private equity companies about making an offer for Spain's Iberia airline.

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