UK retail sector sales are under the spotlight

Argos and Homebase parent Home Retail Group and department store chain Debenhams will report back from the retail sector next week, with consumer goods giant Unilever giving its latest view on the emerging market slowdown

UK shoppers delay buying their winter clothes

Retailers received a "reality check" last month as shoppers showed their willingness to wait for colder weather before restocking winter wardrobes

North East faring better than rest of England on the high street

Times are tough on the high street, but research shows that the North East region is faring better than the rest of England and Wales

Camerons Brewery plan to treble pub estate to 200

Brewer and pub chain Camerons has revealed plans to treble its pub estate to 200 outlets in the next five years after identifying several growth opportunities within the business

Administrators reveal Collectables closures

All 14 Collectables shops will be closed and most of the company’s staff will be made redundant, administrators have announced

Aldi pledges to open 50 new stores in the UK this year

Discount supermarket Aldi has pledged to open 50 new stores in the UK this year after earning a record profits haul and boosting its market share

Laura Ashley blames profits slump on 'unlucky weather'

Laura Ashley’s struggling fashion range combined with “unlucky” weather to push the retailer’s first-half profits 11% lower

Silverlink retail park sold to the Crown Estate for £131m

The Crown Estate has acquired the Silverlink shopping park in North Tyneside for £131m as part of a multi-million pound investment programme

UK retailers ready to show effects of good summer

Debenhams should reap a sales boost from the impact of the warmer summer on seasonal fashion lines when it updates on recent trading tomorrow

New beers surge amid UK brewery boom

Almost 200 new breweries have opened in the past year, boosting the number of beers to more than 5,200, a report has revealed

Heatwave cools Costa sales growth

The UK's biggest hotel and restaurant group said it is unconvinced over blossoming consumer confidence as sales growth at its Costa coffee chain slowed during the summer heatwave

ZaZa Bazaar set to be new star at The Gate

Property firm The Crown Estate has announced that banquet restaurant ZaZa Bazaar is set to become the latest addition to the Gate in Newcastle

Pub operator Wear Inns sees sales surge by more than 50%

Pub operator Wear Inns has seen sales surge by more than 50% following the acquisition of 11 pubs over the last year

Dr Martens opens new store in Newcastle

The 1000 sq ft Dr Martens retail outlet at the top of Grainger Street, which opens its doors today, will be the company's first standalone store in the city

UK hotel and pub profit margins dip

Hotels, pubs and restaurants have been forced to tighten their belts as profit margins dry up despite a surge in trade, according to figures from the CBI

Ladbrokes half-year profits dive almost 50%

Bookmaker Ladbrokes said a slumping slot machines market, fewer football punters and the recent heatwave, hurt trading as half-year profits dived almost 50%

Carole White: Getting it right at the right time

The autumn/winter catalogues have started to drop on our doorsteps with a mighty thud and some shops have started to stock all those dreary greys and blacks

14% fall in UK retail job numbers

Recruitment website RetailChoice.com said employment fell among general retail staff and management, with a slight rise in marketing

Sales of new cars still rising in the UK

A total of 162,228 new cars were registered in July 2013 – a 12.7% rise on the July 2012 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said

JD Wetherspoon's good news

Increasing optimism about the economy helped pub chain JD Wetherspoon to better-than-expected revenues

Teesside shopping mall sold in £50m deal

Middlesbrough's Hillstreet Shopping Centre has been sold to NewRiver Retail and Luxembourg's LVS II Lux

Saks hair and beauty launches first salon in Kuwait

Hair and beauty salon franchise group Saks is continuing its overseas expansion by launching its first salon in Kuwait

Vianet monitors its challenging year ahead

Data monitors Vianet have issued a trading update at its annual general meeting in which it predicted another challenging year

Co-operative Group sees food sales edge higher

The embattled Co-operative Group shrugged off woes in its banking arm as its supermarket business returned to food sales growth for the first time since February

Sports Direct International success places retail sector in the spotlight

Sports Direct International is expected to reveal more details of its plans to resurrect a contentious bonus scheme

Dalton Park bucking trend in shopping

Dalton Park reported a 2.4% climb in visitors, with spend per head up 1.6% in the first half of 2013

Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel launches new Champagne bar

The Tees Valley hotel has joined forces with a renowned Champagne house to launch the Veuve Clicquot Bar

Screwfix to build workforce in the North East

Trade retailer Screwfix is continuing its investment in the North East, with four new store openings planned this year

International Cuisine sees sales drop after switching focus

International Cuisine has seen like-for-like sales drop by 17.1% after switching its focus from making cheaper, high volume products to a lower volume of more expensive meals under its new ownership.

New chief executive for Traidcraft

Gateshead-based fair trade retailer Traidcraft has appointed its first female chief executive

Sports Direct International expands to Wales after snapping up Gelert brand

Sports Direct International has struck an agreement to buy-up four Gelert stores in North Wales from administrators Grant Thornton

Newcastle late-night drinking levy bid could go to court

OWNERS of bars and clubs have vowed to fight plans to make Newcastle the first place in the country to introduce a charge on late-night drinking.

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