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.

Home entertainment cheer for Woolworths

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

Potter publisher sales boost

HARRY Potter publisher Bloomsbury has said it is “back on track“ after it enjoyed a strong run of best-selling hits.

Tuesday morning's business bulletin

Healthcare giant BUPA banks 47% jump in profits; Department store chain Debenhams fails to show sales recovery; Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury back on track.

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.

Potter magic fails to transform sales

A BOOST for booksellers from the latest Harry Potter novel failed to prevent high street sales growing at their slowest rate for nine months in August.

Harry's magic helps pull in the tourists

FILM portrayals of the Potters – Harry and Beatrix – have provided a huge boost for tourism in the region, a new report will today reveal.

Stars come out for scenic favourites

TWO iconic North-East landmarks will be put in the spotlight this weekend as viewers get the chance to vote for the country’s favourite view.

The Journal competition winners - June

Here are the winners of the latest competitions in The Journal.

Harry finally takes flight

NOT being a fan of the books, or the previous films, I felt little anticipation for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – especially after what I thought was decidedly average acting in the earlier films, particularly from the younger stars.

Wednesday's business news

Northern Rock admits it acted too late to stem losses; Online retailer Amazon sees profits more than treble; Car parts and outdoor leisure chain Halfords weathers rain and floods.

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.

Silver screen, golden tunes

THE SUBSCRIPTION season is over but the summer programme began on Friday with the Northern Sinfonia playing to a full house.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

WIDELY considered the weakest book in the seven-part odyssey of boy wizard Harry Potter, it seems somewhat fitting that the film version of The Order of the Phoenix is, in some respects, the least satisfying instalment too.

Potter thrills in latest adventure

HARRY Potter’s latest adventure on the big screen hits cinemas tomorrow Daniel Thomson gives us his verdict.

Magic comes to an end

With Harry Potter fever set to grip the nation once again, Daniel Thomson looks at the past, present and future of J K Rowling’s record breaking phenomenon.

Barclays pledge over jobs cuts

Barclays pledged it would look to avoid compulsory job cuts "where possible" if its £45bn merger with Dutch bank ABN Amro goes ahead.

£29m Navy drug bust

Britain's largest warship has seized cocaine with a street value of £29m after two days of "intense" operational activity in the waters of the Caribbean, the Royal Navy said yesterday.

Terror man vanishes

One of the Government's key anti-terror measures was further discredited yesterday as it emerged a seventh suspect has fled while on a control order.

Olympic evictions

A "handful" of people could face eviction from their homes to make way for the Olympic Park, it was confirmed yesterday.

Bob Cuffe column

Being a parent means you are obliged to attend many things you don't want to.

Taster of a great event

This week saw the launch of this year's Ouseburn Festival with a sneak peak at the Cumberland Arms in Byker at some of the live music acts which will perform at the event as well as highlighting what takes place over the summer weekend.

Festival plans to leave valley brimful of fun

A valley in the heart of Newcastle will fill with music, art and street entertainment as an annual festival broadens its horizons this year.

Potted Potter, Customs House

While Harry Potter fans eagerly await the release of the seventh and final book, the first six tales can be heard in just an hour this Sunday on Tyneside.

Newcastle shines among book-loving capitals

Newcastle has been named among the top literary capitals of the UK, according to new research.

Matthew Rippon

Five years ago I found myself involved in a conflict with what was then the world's biggest media business, AOL Time Warner.

A watch on Paris

Heiress Paris Hilton has put her name to a new range of watches.

Horseball is wizardry on four legs

Fast, furious, slick and sassy. This is how devotees of Quidditch describe the high-flying game beloved of wizards in the magical world of Harry Potter.

Bloomsbury needs more Potter magic

Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury hopes the young wizard will work his magic again this year after seeing 2006 profits plummet.

Northern Rock is a hard act to follow

One of the few highlights of the shortened trading week will be the update today by Northern Rock on its performance so far this year.

Halfords stay in top gear

A shortened trading week will see Halfords and Mothercare publish updates.

Hartside crew scoops top award

Children from Crook scooped a top film award at the star-studded First Light Movies Awards ceremony, previewed on these pages yesterday.

BA loses altitude

British Airways reported lower quarterly profits yesterday as it admitted disruptions had tested the patience and loyalty of customers.

Harry Potter release date revealed

The seventh and final Harry Potter book will be published on July 21, it was announced today.

Just what has 2007 got in store for home seekers in North-East?

It's that time of year again when property pundits gaze into their crystal balls to make their predictions for the market in 2007.

Showtime for charity

A musical extravaganza for all the family will be performed this New Year by staff from children's charity Barnardo's to raise money for their work.

JK Rowling

Jk Rowling has revealed that the stress of writing the final instalment of the Harry Potter series has been getting to her.

Fairytale for adults only

Visionary director Guillermo del Toro thoroughly thrilled us with Pitch Black, Blade II and Hellboy, deliciously dark and twisty tales, each with his style firmly stamped across them.

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