Sports Direct

Sports Direct grow sales and profits despite England's poor World Cup performance

The chief executive said the results for the six months were solid considering the "adverse impact" caused by England's early departure.

Cyber Monday will see consumers spend another £650 million online within 24 hours

George Hepburn: Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but please remember Giving Tuesday

Journal columnist George Hepburn says here is one American import that we can support with our hearts and wallets

Shoppers queue outside a branch of Foot Locker on Oxford Street

Tom Gutteridge: Surely no Brit would fall for this American Black Friday ploy?

Journal columnist Tom Gutteridge on Black Friday and other unwelcome intrusions from the 21st Century

The proposed plans for the former Travelodge site at the Silverlink updated

Crown Estate applies to expand Silverlink Shopping Park

Around 50 new jobs will be created as part of The Crown Estate's construction plans for Silverlink Shopping Park

Morrisons supermarket

Sales fall by 6.3% at Morrisons across the quarter

Morrisons is currently amidst a three-year restructuring plan which will see some 2,600 store management jobs shed from its workforce

The Royal Quays Outlet Centre in North Shields

Footfall up at Royal Quays Outlet Centre in North Shields

North Shields shopping centre, Royal Quays,  reported footfall had increased on 2013

A Next store

Next issues profit warning blaming milder weather for sales growth below expectations

The high street retailer Next has previously showed consistent growth under chief executive Lord Wolfson

Christmas Eve on Northumberland Street

PwC research shows retail closures are falling across the North East

North East retail closures fell slightly in first half of 2014, as openings rose

Kevin Brennan, Chief Executive of Quorn Foods, is pictured at the company's premises in Stokesley

Quorn Foods embark on ambitious European expansion plans

More jobs are being created by Teesside-based Quorn Foods as they embark on a major European expansion plan

A Phones 4u store

Some North East Phones 4u jobs saved in Dixons Carphone plc deal

39 staff at Phones 4u concessions within North East Currys and PC World stores have been offered jobs there

A JD Sports shop

Massive increase in pre-tax profits for JD Sports as it expands into Europe

High Street sports fashion retailer JD Sports grew pre-tax profits to £16.4m in the half year to August 2, up from £6m in 2013

Dalton Park Shopping Outlet

Five new retail jobs in store at expanding shopping outlet Dalton Park

The existing line-up at Dalton Park has be swelled with the addition of kitchen appliance specialist Tefal


Next brand sales rise 10.7% after new store openings

Retail giant Next has predicted a lift in profits after a strong start to 2014


Triple win for outdoor clothing specialists Berghaus

It's trebles all round after Sunderland-based Berghaus triumphed at the Oscars of the outdoor sector

Samples of Coca-Cola’s glacéau smartwater were available at the Invest in North East stand at Made in the UK

Morpeth bottled water brand highlighted as manufacturing success story

Coca-Cola smartwater, being manufactured in Northumberland, has been featured at a national business exhibition

From left, Rosie Sparks, Dr. Martens Newcastle store manager Rosie Ward and Courtney Stevens

Northumbria University students win Dr Martens competition

Courtney Stevens and Rosie Sparks, from Northumbria University, have been praised for their creative take on iconic British clothing brand

A Sports Direct shop

Record year for Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct empire has enjoyed a surge in sales and profits with group revenue at £2.7bn


Tesco under fire for selling New Zealand lamb at the height of the British lamb season

Despite its promises to back British farming, supermarket giant Tesco is selling imports, saying it cannot guarantee consistency of UK supply

A shopper with carrier bags

UK shoppers cut back on spending

The latest retail sales index from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG showed that like-for-like sales fell 0.8% compared with a year ago, with total sales when including shops open for less than a year up just 0.6%

Harvey Nichols has been announced as the first UK-wide distributor of The ONE

Luxury retailer clamouring for the North's latest tasty export

The ONE combines the finest whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England, and will be featured within Harvey Nichols’ stores including London


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