easyJet plane

Newcastle flights help Easyjet hit record profits during unusually strong first half

easyJet Passenger numbers up significantly, increased travel for business purposes and new flights introduced to meet growing demand

Party leaders, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage

What the political parties are saying ahead of Thursday's General Election

There are big differences between left and right on future energy policy, but the topic has not been on the election agenda

Petrol pump

Oil price turmoil is a tale of two halves for the North East

A major oil industry survey offers clear instruction for the Government ahead of next month's Budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons, London

North East business community welcomes Autumn Statement measures

A host of leading business figures from across a number of sectors believe SMEs in particular could benefit from the Chancellor's approach

AT7457 Winchester services on the M3 motorway

UK drivers give service station fuel stops a miss

Almost all (98%) of motorists reckon motorway petrol and diesel is too pricey, with 60% saying they never buy it, the survey by research company Viewsbank found

Dave Coulson

Local chefs are on starters' orders to whet the appetite at The Journal's Taste of the County

Masterchef talents will be joined by over 50 stallholders in food and drink marquee at Northumberland County Show\n

Fuel duty could be cut for seven remote locations in Northumberland

Treasury asks EU for Northumberland petrol price cut

The Treasury asks the European Commission to help motorists in NE48 postcode area by cutting fuel duty

Last month the government quietly scrapped the Warm Homes, Healthy People Fund

Denise Robertson: Cuts may be essential - but need to be done with care

Agony Aunt Denise Robertson explains how you can help those in need of help this winter after the Warm Homes, Healthy People Fund was scrapped

Northumberland has missed out on a 5p rural fuel duty cut

Northumberland misses out on 5p rural fuel duty cut

Northumberland councillors and MPs are unhappy that the county has missed out on a 5p rural fuel duty cut planned by the Government

Transport group is on track to meet demand

TRANSPORT group Arriva said that more passenger use had shielded its bus operation from a year-on-year rise in fuel costs.

Looking for clues to next interest rate cut

ECONOMIC news will take centre stage this week as analysts look to a number of official releases for clues about the timing of future interest rate cuts.

Prices are rising at fastest for 16 years

SURGING fuel and food costs saw factory gate prices rise at their fastest rate for more than 16 years in November, new figures show.

Stagecoach splashing out £71m on new fleet

TRANSPORT group Stagecoach said it planned to spend £71m on new vehicles as it looks to attract more passengers to its bus division.

Shoppers gloomiest for four years

FEARS of a sharp slowdown in the UK economy were fuelled after monthly consumer confidence figures fell to their lowest level since March 2003.

Brown is accused of farming fiasco

THE Prime Minister was confronted yesterday by a 70-year-old farmer who accused the Government of a fiasco over its handling of the farming and haulage industries.

Qashqai drives up savings

HOW far can the average customer drive a Nissan Qashqai on one tank of fuel?

Q As fuel prices keep rising, is there anything I can be doing every day to help reduce my energy use and lower my fuel bills?

A There are a few simple things we can all do every day to help save energy and make a difference to our fuel bills.

Anne Preston

Chairman, Prestons of Potto.

Full of worldwide promise

The air travel first which Emirates has claimed by launching its long-haul daily service from Newcastle is one of many achieved by the airline in its short history.

Northern Rock

Tuesday's lunchtime bulletin

Northern Rock fails to lift its share price; Airline Ryanair banned from claiming its London to Brussels flights are faster and cheaper Eurostar; Oil prices drop for the second day amid fears over the potential damage done by Hurricane Dean.

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