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

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.

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.

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.

Borrowers’ low hopes

HOMEOWNERS breathed a sigh of relief after a sharp decline in inflation boosted the case for the Bank of England to freeze interest rates a little longer.

Bank’s base rate highest in six years

AS interest rates went up another 0.25% to 5.75% this week, the Bank’s base rate is now at its highest level since March 2001, following five increases in less than a year.

Dame Shirley praises pilot

Dame Shirley Bassey last night praised her "brilliant" helicopter pilot for his decision to land in a field because of bad weather.

Motoring costs rise

The annual cost of keeping a car on the road has risen for drivers of all types of vehicle, the AA revealed yesterday.

Toon and country

Darts and dominoes, pies and peas: we know how to do things in style up here in Paradiso on Tweed.

Babcock to buy Devonport yard

Defence and engineering group Babcock looked set to become the UK's leading naval maintenance firm last night after agreeing to buy Plymouth's Devonport naval dockyard for £350m.

City bonuses drive up salary growth

A bumper year for City bonuses has driven salary growth to its highest level for three years.

More interest rate rises seem certain

Further interest rate rises loomed last night after inflation topped 3% for the first time since the Bank of England took charge of monetary policy.

Oil prices back to $60 a barrel

Oil prices were back near $60 per barrel yesterday - fuelling worries that motorists could see a reversal of recent falls in forecourt costs.

Demand pushes up Biofuels shares

The ftse 100 Index edged closer to the psychologically important 6100 level with a rise of 0.8points to 6073.5.

Bank holds rates

The Bank of England has voted to leave interest rates on hold at 4.75%.

Drug-death hearing

The family of a student whose body featured in a graphic anti-drugs campaign yesterday welcomed a High Court ruling ordering a new inquest into her death.

Prices at the pumps cut by supermarkets

Motorists were handed a boost today after super- markets cut the price of petrol and the cost of oil slipped below 60 US dollars a barrel.

Supermarkets cut their petrol prices

Motorists were handed a boost last night after supermarkets cut the price of petrol and the cost of oil slipped below $60 US a barrel.

Unleaded price cuts

Motorists were enjoying lower petrol prices yesterday as the major supermarket chains shaved money off unleaded.

Asda cuts look set to spark fuel price war

A petrol price war looked on the cards today as one retail giant dropped the cost of unleaded to the lowest level since the start of the year.


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