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Marks & Spencer trebles Silverlink store size

Marks & Spencer will unveil the modernisation of its Silverlink store to customers on April 17, which will see the store increase in size by 20,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft, just in time for Easter

A Next store on Oxford Street in Central London

Next set for milestone results

Fashion chain Next is set to mark a milestone on Thursday when results are expected to show annual profits overtaking those of high street bellwether Marks & Spencer for the first time in its history

M&S Simply Food will open its 9,000 sq ft store on Manor Walks’ Westmorland Retail Park

Retailer set to open its doors at Manor Walks development in Cramlington

M&S Simply Food will open its 9,000 sq ft store on Manor Walks’ Westmorland Retail Park today offering more than 4,500 food and drink lines, an in-store bakery and 50-seat M&S Café

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Major UK supermarkets will reveal food waste

Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons, as well as Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and the Co-operative, will collectively release regular updates on the amount of food thrown out by stores from early next year

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Marks & Spencer's performance will be in focus today

Marks & Spencer's performance will be in focus today with a trading update that should shed light on whether fierce competition has dealt a further blow to its turnaround plans

Sainsbury's and Tesco

Tesco and Sainsbury’s to kick off festive trading updates

Trading updates over the Christmas period are to be released this week by supermarket giants Tesco and Sainsbury's

John Lewis

Record weekly sales at John Lewis have raised hopes of a bumper end to Christmas shopping period

Record weekly sales at John Lewis have raised hopes of a bumper end to the Christmas shopping period but there are fears that the wider retail sector could be left with a profits hangover after heavy discounting


Primark's annual profits are up by 44%

Marks & Spencer's high street rival Primark hailed an "outstanding year" after its annual profits jumped by 44% to £514 million

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Top buyer leaves struggling Marks & Spencer

Efforts to repair flagging clothing sales at Marks & Spencer have been dealt another blow by the departure of a key womenswear executive

Durham remains robust despite downturn

The city of Durham has seen great changes over the past few years and continues to move forwards

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Binge drinking effects on unborn children

IS binge-drinking during pregnancy really abuse by umbilical cord? Professor Barry Carpenter said this and added that the country was facing an unprecedented rise in the number of children born with learning disabilities thanks to binge drinking.

My Place: My Christmas special

  • BBC

KAREN WILSON and HANNAH DAVIES speak to some of the My Place people we’ve interviewed over the past year to discover what they’re doing for “My Christmas”.

Factory outlets look good for bargains

WITH serious pressure on retail spending increasingly a feature of the High Street as a result of the almost “over mentioned” recession, those offering discounted prices could be busier than usual at this time of year, says Mike Birkett.

Sales fever hits the North-East’s stores

SHOPPERS turned out in their thousands across the region yesterday as sales fever continued unabated.

Sales can still lure the crowds

SHOPPERS hit the stores in their droves yesterday for the first day of the sales.

Stock watch

THE FTSE 100 yesterday continued its run of good form to close 88.5 points up at 6434.1.

French can still give the rest a tasty lesson

WE’LL buy more Australian wine this Christmas than that of any other country.

Trinity Mirror revenues rise

MEDIA group Trinity Mirror has said that advertising revenues for 2007 were running marginally higher after a brighter finish to the year.

Workers told jobs are safe

BOSSES at The Original Factory Shop have reassured the firm’s 100-strong North-East workforce their jobs are safe after the company changed hands yesterday.

Top companies go green

  • EDF

A NUMBER of top companies yesterday signed up to a programme aimed at cutting emissions by millions of tonnes over the next few years, while saving £300m in energy bills.


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