Outdoor leisure looking fitter

The Northern Echo: LOOKING UP: Significant improvement has stopped losses across the JD Sports Fashion outdoor division

10:13am Wednesday 16th April 2014

RETAILER JD Sports Fashion says significant improvement has stopped losses across its outdoor leisure division.

£200m shares sale sparks fall

The Northern Echo: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

11:03am Wednesday 9th April 2014

RETAILER Sports Direct saw shares fall nearly five per cent after founder Mike Ashley sold more than £200m worth of his holding.

Newcastle United owner's sale sees shares drop

The Northern Echo: WATCHING ON: Alan Pardew, above Mike Ashley

11:54am Tuesday 8th April 2014

RETAILER Sports Direct saw shares fall nearly five per cent after founder Mike Ashley sold more than £200m worth of his holding.

UK manufacturing sector hit by unexpected slowdown

10:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

GROWTH in British manufacturing unexpectedly eased to its slowest pace in eight months last month and prices paid by factories fell, according to new figures.

A new gold rush

The Northern Echo: Gary Welford, an assistant investment manager at Brewin Dolphin

6:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

“ALWAYS believe in your soul, you’ve got the power to know, you’re indestructible, always believe in … gold.” 

Bank branches to close as part of £45m improvements

11:25am Wednesday 26th March 2014

CLYDESDALE and Yorkshire Banks are to close 28 “unsustainable”

Another one bites the dust

The Northern Echo: Herefordshire Council "won't be influenced by Goverment" over fracking debate

5:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

WHILST the first quarter of the year has not finished, we are fast approaching the end of the tax year and there seems to have been a lot to digest, and enjoy, writes Samantha Dolby. 

Supermarket resists price war

The Northern Echo: A similar Sainsbury's store recently opened in Penzance

10:40am Wednesday 19th March 2014

SAINSBURY’S has reported its first fall in sales for nine years and says the grocery market is growing at its slowest rate since 2005.

Ashley set for £65m windfall

The Northern Echo: SHARES DEAL: Mike Ashley

10:45am Wednesday 12th March 2014

SPORTS Direct is to hand its founder Mike Ashley a shares windfall worth a potential £65m – as long as the retailer keeps up its rapid growth.

Unknown Unknowns

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

6:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014

I’M sure most of you will remember Donald Rumsfeld’s pièce de résistance during the Iraq War, when he distilled the messy matter of Weapons of Mass Destruction into "known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns," writes Nick Williams, of Brewin Dolphin.  

Office rental firm aims to continue UK operations

6:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

OFFICE rental firm Regus says it will continue expanding its UK operations after seeing group revenues increase.

Fall in profits at Ladbrokes ahead of World Cup overhaul

11:33am Wednesday 26th February 2014

BOOKMAKER Ladbrokes reported a sharp fall in profits as it battles to overhaul its digital business in time for this summer’s football World Cup.

Poundland to stretch empire with a stock market floatation

11:15am Wednesday 19th February 2014

DISCOUNT retailer Poundland has announced plans for a stock market flotation next month which is expected to value the company at up to £750m.

Stores on the horizon as Dunelm records a 5% rise in revenues

The Northern Echo: The Dunelm Group has revealed increased revenues

10:40am Wednesday 12th February 2014

A HOME furnishing specialist says it will continue opening stores after reporting increased revenues.

BP’s profits suffer 21 per cent drop, but performance ‘strong’

The Northern Echo: COSTLY DISASTER: Fire boats tackle the blazing remnants of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico

12:11pm Wednesday 5th February 2014

ANNUAL profits at oil company BP dropped 21 per cent to £8.3bn last year.

Profit warning for Carpetright after struggle in Netherlands

10:54am Wednesday 29th January 2014

CARPETRIGHT, the struggling European floor coverings retailer, has issued a profits warning for the second time in less than four months.

Wait for 4G has modest impact on Carphone Warehouse profits

The Northern Echo: PROFITS UP: Carphone Warehouse

11:49am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

MOBILE phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has reported a modest rise in revenue as many consumers hold off buying a new phone until 4G contracts are more widely available.

Online fashion retailers feel the benefit of Christmas spirit

The Northern Echo: STAR STYLE: Samantha Cameron in a £42 Asos dress

10:43am Wednesday 15th January 2014

ONLINE fashion retailer Asos has unveiled strong Christmas trading figures, underlining clothes shoppers’ rapid move to the internet.

Shares column by Brewin Dolphin

The Northern Echo: Gary Welford, an assistant investment manager at Brewin Dolphin

1:43pm Friday 17th January 2014

AFTER teaming up with my sister to purchase our parents a Samsung Galaxy Tab for Christmas, we have opened up a whole new world for them, writes Gary Welford at Brewin Dolphin. 

2014 What Lies in Store?

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

5:00am Wednesday 15th January 2014

BY all accounts 2013 was a petty good year for investors, writes Nicholas Williams at Brewin Dolphin.

Samsung braced for tough year after issuing profits warning

11:20am Wednesday 8th January 2014

SAMSUNG Electronics saw its share price fall after it issued a warning over profits for the final quarter of last year.

National Express on right track to go from strength to strength

11:59am Wednesday 18th December 2013

THE former operator of the East Coast Main Line rail franchise is on track for a steady period of growth.

Whitbread reveals strong sales but cuts back hotel expansion

The Northern Echo: Premier Inn

11:17am Wednesday 11th December 2013

BUDGET hotel operator Whitbread has revealed strong like-for-like sales, but says plans to open more hotel rooms have been put on hold.

2013 through the rear view mirror

The Northern Echo: Gary Welford, an assistant investment manager at Brewin Dolphin

3:28pm Friday 13th December 2013

THE Eurozone has been in recession for four of the last six years; until recently Japan was mired in deflation; and UK growth ground to a halt in 2012, writes Gary Welford of Brewin Dolphin. 

Betfair expects growth after securing new customers

The Northern Echo: Champion jockey Tony McCoy rides Nadiya De La Vega to vixtory in a previous Betfair Graduation Chase at Haydock Park

6:00am Wednesday 4th December 2013

AN online betting firm says it expects to continue its growth after attracting new customers and expanding across the US.

Squash boss prepares for US success from PepsiCo contract

The Northern Echo: MOVING OVER: Britvic has secured a major deal

11:03am Wednesday 27th November 2013

THE company behind Robinsons cordial says it is gearing up for significant US success after securing a major soft drink deal.

Floating On The Crest of a Wave

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

10:00pm Tuesday 26th November 2013

GENERALLY speaking, a stock market flotation that makes the mainstream press has the right to call itself ‘high profile’, writes Nick Williams, of Brewin Dolphin. 

Broadcaster ITV reveals revenue increase

The Northern Echo: Liz McDonald, played by Beverley Callard, Michelle Connor, played by Kym Lomas, and Simon Gregson as Steve McDonald film a scene in Coronation Street's Rovers Return pub

11:47am Tuesday 19th November 2013

BROADCASTER ITV says revenues across its channels have increased after a strong performance from its production division.

Vodafone anticipates upturn with £7bn networks investment

The Northern Echo: Vodafone anticipates upturn with £7bn networks investment

10:45am Wednesday 13th November 2013

VODAFONE is to spend £7bn upgrading its networks, with an extra £300m committed to the UK, as it prepares for an end to the European economic crisis.

Balfour reveals regional plans after seeing major orders fall

The Northern Echo: A Balfour Beatty worker on a construction site

6:00am Wednesday 6th November 2013

A CONSTRUCTION firm, which employs about 600 North-East workers, says it is focusing on regional work after admitting its major UK project order book remains weak.

Bus operator reveals increased revenues

The Northern Echo: EN ROUTE: A Stagecoach bus crosses the Tyne Bridge

6:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013

A BUS operator, which runs services across the North-East, says it has benefited from more people choosing public transport after seeing revenues continue to grow.

Reckitt reviews drugs business after competition hits revenues

12:10pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

HOUSEHOLD cleaner maker Reckitt Benckiser is putting its pharmaceutical business under review in a move that could see the division offered for sale with a multi-billion pound price tag.

Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts quits to join Apple

The Northern Echo: JOB MOVE: Angela Ahrendts

5:46pm Tuesday 15th October 2013

BURBERRY has confirmed its chief executive Angela Ahrendts is to leave the luxury goods firm next year to join Apple, leaving just two women running FTSE 100 firms.

Global economy improves

The Northern Echo: MADE PLEDGE: Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank

11:22am Wednesday 9th October 2013

UP until the US Government partially, but significantly, shut down last week, the past few months had generally been very good for the developed world’s stock markets, which were riding on the back of a steadily improving global economy.

M&S revival stalls as analysts downgrade sales prospects

The Northern Echo: FALLING VALUE: Marks & Spencer

11:19am Wednesday 9th October 2013

SHARES in Marks & Spencer suffered another day of losses as concerns grew that its star-studded clothing relaunch is failing to revive the chain.

Wolseley shareholders benefit from £300m dividend payout

10:52am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

SHAREHOLDERS of a plumbing supplies firm, which employs hundreds of workers in the region, are set to benefit from a multi-million pound payout.

Where Next for the Housing Market?

7:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

THE Government’s Funding for Lending and Help to Buy have both improved the availability of mortgages and when combined with a historically low cost of credit, the affects of these support measures are beginning to feed their way through into the figures, writes Nicholas Williams of Brewin Dolphin.  

Wolseley to hand shareholders £300m as profits rise

11:18am Tuesday 1st October 2013

SHAREHOLDERS of a plumbing supplies firm, which employs hundreds of workers in the region, are set to share in a multi-million pounds payout.

Waste firm underlines commitment to North-East plant

6:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013

A WASTE management company, which specialises in treating hazardous materials from North Sea oil and gas projects, has vowed to continue investing in its flagship North-East plant despite unveiling plans to restructure the business.

Help to Buy boosts fortunes for housebuilder Galliford Try

11:38am Wednesday 18th September 2013

GALLIFORD Try, the housebuilder and construction group, said stronger demand, aided by the Help to Buy scheme, had helped it to record pre-tax profits of £74.1m, up 17 per cent, for the year to the end of June.

More signs of housing market recovery

9:59am Wednesday 18th September 2013

GALLIFORD Try, the housebuilder and construction group, said stronger demand, aided by the Help to Buy scheme, had helped it to record pre-tax profits, up 17 per cent at 74.1m for the year to the end of June.

Is there a threat to economic growth despite the recovery?

8:00pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

LAST week, Chancellor George Osborne presented his analysis of why the UK has “turned a corner” citing “tentative signs of a balanced, broad based and sustainable recovery” as proof that his stimulus measures have worked, writes Nick Williams.

Summer heat cools sales growth at Costa

The Northern Echo: SLOW 11 WEEKS: Sales drop for Costa coffee chain

11:29am Wednesday 11th September 2013

THE UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, which wants to open a new site in a North- East town, says it remains unconvinced over increasing consumer confidence after the summer weather dented sales in its Costa coffee chain.

Dry cleaning firm's textile move proves successful

6:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013

A HIGH street dry cleaning firm says its decision to move back to its textile roots has paid dividends, after posting strong profits and reducing debt.

Under-fire security specialist reveals plan to issue 141m shares

2:28pm Thursday 29th August 2013

A SECURITY firm, whose former boss branded its handling of a £284m London Olympic Games contract a humiliating shambles, says it is committed to restoring its damaged reputation after revealing plans to issue new shares and sell divisions of its business.

Security firm reveals shares plan to help restore reputation

6:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

A SECURITY firm, whose former boss branded its handling of a £284m London Olympic Games contract a “humiliating shambles”, says it is committed to restoring its damaged reputation after revealing plans to issue new shares and sell divisions of its business.

Taking positives from negatives

3:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

NORMALLY, I would start with some positive news, for example that the FTSE 100 is still up around 10 per cent or that UK growth has been revised up, but in order to be positive you have to tackle the negatives, writes Anthony Platts.

Airport handling business is flying high after two takeovers

2:51pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

AN airport handling company, which helps millions of holidaymakers jet off to sunnier climes, says it is well positioned to continue its ascent after buying two rival cargo firms.

Airport cargo firm hopes to continue ascent

The Northern Echo: Newcastle International Airport plans to create more than 2000 jobs by 2030

6:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013

AN airport handling company, which helps millions of holidaymakers jet off to sunnier climes, says it is well positioned to continue its ascent after buying two rival cargo firms.

Energy firm threatens to shut down European power plants

12:27pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

E.ON, one of the Big Six energy suppliers, has reported a fall in profits for the second quarter as the financial crisis in Europe hit demand for power.



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