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

Lynne Alderson, Anthony O'Donnell, Lauren Johnsen, Mal Briggs and Wayne Boulton

Middlesbrough College partnership helps young people into retail

A new Retail Skills Shop in Teesside is set the pave the way for careers at Aldi and other major employers

David Robinson owner of The Original Sofa Co

Gateshead furniture firm expands with London showroom

The Original Sofa Company in Gateshead will be opening new premises on Lower Sloane Street

Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse upbeat ahead of merger

Bosses at Carphone Warehouse say it is approaching its merger with Dixons Retail Group - owner of PC World and Currys - from a position of strength.

Bluewater shopping centre in Kent

Land Securities buys 30% stake in Kent shopping centre

Land Securities has bought a stake in a Kent shopping centre, a day after selling The Bridges in Sunderland for £152m.

Anna Yuill of MadLo & Co

Vogue appearance helps launch Hartlepool swimwear business

Retail start-up MadLo & Co secures distribution contract with Columbrian brand


MP tours Quorn plant which is celebrating £30m investment

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham will tour the Billingham plant of Quorn Foods where £30m has been invested to meet growing demand.

John Hall of Capology (right) with Neil Hart of Bradley Hall

Grandsons of Sir John Hall invest £420,000 in fashion chain's new retail store

Newcastle retail store Capology has pledged to create more jobs after expanding into a new base


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