Next set to extend profits

The Northern Echo: STRONG SALES: Retailer Next has has upped its full-year profit guidance

10:53am Tuesday 29th July 2014

FASHION retailer Next has upped its full-year profit guidance by £25m after better-than-expected first-half sales.

Banking on the Future

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

7:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

RECENTLY a leading Portuguese bank, Banco Espirito Santo, served up a reminder of the bad old days, whence a financial institution could spread nerves amongst global markets with news of financial instability.

McColl's aims for 1,000 stores

The Northern Echo: AMBITIOUS PLANS: Convenience store and newsagent firm McColl's wants to continue its growth

11:04am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MCCOLL’S says it will continue its expansion to 1,000 convenience stores after posting strong results.

Air links vital to North-East success

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby

7:02am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE importance of the UK's regional connectivity has been emphasised again recently, not through the country’s rail links but this time through regional airports.

Clover sales dent Dairy Crest

The Northern Echo: 'DIFFICULT MARKET': Cathedral City maker Dairy Crest says people are turning away from margarine as the appetite for bread drops

11:49am Tuesday 15th July 2014

DAIRY Crest says it is enduring a difficult market, with higher milk prices compounding falling margarine sales.

M&S reports 12th quarterly fall

The Northern Echo:

10:10am Wednesday 9th July 2014

MARKS and Spencer reported its 12th straight quarterly fall in its clothing, footwear and homeware division on Tuesday, hurt by the transition to a new website.

M&S blames website problems for sales drop

The Northern Echo: Marks and Spencer has reported a big drop in online sales

9:53am Tuesday 8th July 2014

MARKS and Spencer reported its 12th straight quarterly fall in its clothing, footwear and homeware division on Tuesday, hurt by the transition to a new website.

London pauses after Dow record

The Northern Echo: REST PERIOD: Traders in London paused at the end of a momentous week in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 17,000 for the first time.

5:29pm Friday 4th July 2014

TRADERS in London paused at the end of a momentous week in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 17,000 for the first time.

Retail of woe?

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

1:26pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

LAST week, the CBI announced UK retail sales growth slowed to their lowest level for seven months.

Greene King sets new profits peak

The Northern Echo: DRINK TO THAT: Greene King has revealed its fifth consecutive row of record profits

1:30pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

PUB chain Greene King has served up its fifth year in a row of record profits amid a growing thirst for eating out driven by the economic recovery.

Housebuilders maintain FTSE surge

The Northern Echo: Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey aims to set tougher targets as the market improves

5:22pm Friday 27th June 2014

HOUSEBUILDERS gained ground on relief that Bank of England measures to control the housing market were less severe than had been feared.

Future pain at the pumps?

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby. (1229467)

9:50am Wednesday 25th June 2014

WITH energy prices on the rise following heightened geopolitical risks and tight global supplies of crude oil, increases in retail gas prices seem inevitable. This is very different to the start of 2014 when many alerted a real risk of a fall in the oil price.

Sterling falls on Carney comments

The Northern Echo: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England at the cricket ground in Chester-le-Street.

5:33pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

TESTIMONY from the Bank of England governor which played down talk of an early interest rate rise reversed some of the pound's recent gains.

Carpetright bemoans Europe amid further losses

The Northern Echo: CHALLENGING TIME: Carpetright has revealed further losses

11:25am Tuesday 24th June 2014

FLOORING firm Carpetright has bemoaned European markets after reporting deeper losses.

Asos resumes trading after blaze

The Northern Echo: PROFITS WOE: Nick Robertson, Asos chief executive, has issued another profits warning

12:43pm Monday 23rd June 2014

ONLINE retailer Asos has resumed trading after a major fire "compromised" about £22m of stock at its main warehouse.

Costa delivers more strong sales

The Northern Echo: NEW ARRIVAL: An artist's impression of the Feethams development, in Darlington, which includes a new Premier Inn hotel

5:51pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

THE owner of Premier Inn and coffee shop chain Costa says it has continued its rapid growth after reporting buoyant results.

Spring boost for Ted Baker sales

The Northern Echo: LOCAL LINKS: An image from a recent Ted Baker brochure, shot at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

10:42am Wednesday 11th June 2014

FASHION retailer Ted Baker says strong UK and international spring and summer clothing sales helped deliver an 18 per cent rise in group sales.

Cloud control

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby

10:35am Wednesday 11th June 2014

THE new technology cycle is being driven by three key market themes, cloud computing, internet applications and ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) – an advanced computing concept where computing is made to appear everywhere and anywhere whilst invisible to the user.

Spring boost for Ted Baker

The Northern Echo: SPRING IMPROVEMENT: Ted Baker has reported strong sales

11:05am Tuesday 10th June 2014

FASHION retailer Ted Baker says strong UK and international spring and summer clothing sales helped deliver an 18 per cent rise in group sales.

Online fashion retailer ASOS sees shares slide after profits warning

The Northern Echo: Nick Robertson, chief executive of Asos

11:22am Thursday 5th June 2014

ONLINE fashion retailer ASOS has issued its second profits warning in three months after the strength of the pound hits overseas sales and forced it into a rash of promotions.

Plumbing firm makes good progress

The Northern Echo: Profits rose at building and trade business Wolseley

10:32am Wednesday 4th June 2014

BUILDING, heating and plumbing supplies group Wolseley has reported a rise in both revenue and profit.

Investors get offered free shares

The Northern Echo: SELL OFF: Lloyds plans to sell off 25 per cent of TSB

11:50am Wednesday 28th May 2014

LLOYDS Bank plans to float a 25 per cent stake in its TSB business on the stock market, with small investors being offered free shares in the bank.

Gilt-edged gardening

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby

11:47am Wednesday 28th May 2014

THIS time of year there is a surge of interest in gardening and people descend on the RHS’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Emerging market boost for firm

The Northern Echo: The Vodafone branded McLaren Mercedes car of Jenson Button in action in Spain

10:38am Wednesday 21st May 2014

TELECOMS firm Vodafone says it endured a mixed year after annual earnings fell in the face of continued European revenue pressures.

Interest rates: Do we need to worry?

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

6:00am Wednesday 21st May 2014

STOCK markets, and their participants, are naturally forward-looking.

Vodafone feels European pressure

The Northern Echo: FORMER DEAL: Jenson Button drives his Vodafone-sponsored McLaren Mercedes at Spain's Circuito de Jerez last year. The company ended that deal at the end of 2013, which bosses say was part of a mixed year

11:14am Tuesday 20th May 2014

TELECOMS firm Vodafone says it endured a mixed year after annual earnings fell in the face of continued European revenue pressures.

Business passengers boost easyjet

The Northern Echo: EasyJet has recorded a pre-tax loss of £53m for the six months to 31 March, against a £61m loss a year earlier.

11:13am Wednesday 14th May 2014

NO frills airline Easyjet has reported a narrowing of half-year losses, helped by a record number of business passengers and tight control on costs.

Investment season review

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

6:03am Wednesday 14th May 2014

IF we were to equate the recent performance of the investment universe to the recently completed football season, what comparisons could be drawn?

Investment season review

The Northern Echo: Nick Williams

6:02am Wednesday 14th May 2014

IF we were to equate the recent performance of the investment universe to the recently completed football season, what comparisons could be drawn?

FTSE 100 rallies on mining strength

5:21pm Monday 12th May 2014

RESURGENT mining stocks and a fresh bout of merger and acquisition activity lifted the FTSE 100 Index to near its highest point of the year.

Barclays surges on revamp plan

5:25pm Thursday 8th May 2014

PLANS unveiled by Barclays for the scaling back of its troublesome investment banking arm provided a shot in the arm for the group's shares.

A Recovery Built To Last

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby is an assistant investment anager at Brewin Dolphin

5:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014

THE world’s largest economy expanded just 0.1% on an annual basis in the first quarter of 2014, fuelling fears that the US recovery is much more fragile than hoped, writes Samantha Dolby of Brewin Dolphin. 

Incoming security firm boss warned over profit forecasts

10:54am Wednesday 30th April 2014

THE new boss of a private security firm has been warned the company is in a worse state than feared.

Glaxo joins rival to create leading healthcare company

11:11am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

GLAXOSMITHKLINE and Swiss rival Novartis are to create a consumer healthcare powerhouse as part of a string of deals in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Northern Prosperity, by Samantha Dolby at Brewin Dolphin

The Northern Echo: Samantha Dolby is an assistant investment anager at Brewin Dolphin

5:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ACCORDING to data from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, labour productivity is growing at the fastest rate in the country and median wages are very competitive.

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.



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