James Barker and Mary Berry at the opening of Barker and Stonehouse's Stockton store

Bake-Off star Mary Berry helps launch new Barker and Stonehouse store in Stockton

New shop is return to its roots for Barker and Stonehouse, which started in Stockton in 1946

How the proposed expansion at Silverlink Shopping Park would look

NewRiver Retail claim North Tyneside regeneration under threat from Silverlink expansion plans

The Crown Estate plan to expand the SIlverlink Shopping Park, but NewRiver Retail claims approval could set back North Tyneside's regeneration

A 99p Store in South London

Poundland set to buy rival 99p Stores in £55m deal

The 99p Stores chain now has 251 stores which produce annual sales of £370.4m

One of the empty shops in Wallsend

One in five shops is empty in the North East, figures reveal

Federation of Small Businesses calls for business rates relief after report shows North East has highest rate for shop vacancies in country

ScS chief executive officer David Knights (left) with the company's chief financial officer, Ron Turnbull

First day of trading for Sunderland-headquartered ScS

The Sunderland furniture retailer will raise at least £35m for its private equity owners by trading on the London Stock Exchange

Tesco updated

Blow to North East towns as three planned Tesco supermarkets scrapped

The supermarket giant has pulled out of plans to open 49 new stores across the UK, including stores in Amble, Peterlee and Stanley

New cars at a compound

UK new car registrations hit 10-year high

The UK remained the second largest market for new cars in Europe, behind Germany

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

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

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