News archive from 16 January 2014, page 16

Don’t patronise the people of Nelson

Don’t patronise the people of Nelson

I really do wish Mr Pendle would get his facts straight before airing his views. His tirade against the possibility of Nelson Town Council holding a minute’s silence in memory of Nelson Mandela was so full of inaccuracies, it was almost laughable....

 
Historian hopes to settle debate over real Battle of Carham date

Historian hopes to settle debate over real Battle of Carham date

A thousand years ago the border dividing the Kingdom of Northumbria and the territories of Scotland moved south to the Tweed and has remained there ever since. The anniversary of the battle that settled the River Tweed as the border between England...

 

Ocado's sales rise 21.3 percent in Christmas period

Gross sales for the 16 weeks to 1 December 2013 were up 20.1 percent to 271.0 million pounds, the company said, and average orders per week rose 19.1 percent to 151,743, while average order size nudged up 0.8 percent to 111.6 pounds. "While we...

Reuters, 07:25 in Business
 

Mild weather boosts bike demand at Halfords

That was below strong first half growth of 7.7 percent but ahead of an average analyst forecast for 3.8 percent, according to a Reuters poll. Like-for-like sales at its Autocentres arm were up 9.2 percent. Shares in Halfords, which posted a...

Reuters, 07:25 in Business
 

Home Retail names Argos boss Walden as group CEO

Duddy, one of the longest serving leaders in the stores sector, announced in September that he would quit the firm by July. Argos Managing Director Walden, who has been with the group since February 2012, had been viewed by analysts as a clear...

Reuters, 07:25 in Business
 
Driving evil from Stamford Community Orchard at wassail

Driving evil from Stamford Community Orchard at wassail

An orchard trembled with the crashes of drums and the bellow of horns as an ancient tradition was awakened. About 50 people braved a cold evening at Stamford Community Orchard in Christ Church Close on Saturday for the annual wassail. During a...

 
Defendant’s f-word tirade at Mansfield magistrates

Defendant’s f-word tirade at Mansfield magistrates

A defendant aimed an f-word tirade at magistrates after they denied him bail over a burglary and theft charge. Jamie Lee Harris (24) of George Street, Mansfield, was held in custody following a hearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court. He is charged...

 

Car bomb explodes in Lebanese town near Syria border - source, media

There were no immediate details of casualties. (Writing by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by John Stonestreet)

 

Retailer N Brown sees revenue rise 5.2 percent

The company said it forecast full-year results to March 1 to remain broadly in line with expectations. (Reporting By Costas Pitas; editing by Kate Holton)

Reuters, 07:30 in Business
 
Currys owner Dixons Retail sees strong Christmas sales

Currys owner Dixons Retail sees strong Christmas sales

Dixons Retail, the electrical goods retailer that owns Currys and PC World, has reported a strong Christmas sales period. Like-for-like sales - which strip out the effect of new store openings - in the UK and Ireland rose 5% in the three months to 4...

BBC, 07:32 in Business
 
Warwick Boat Club bowlers help pay for Castel From party

Warwick Boat Club bowlers help pay for Castel From party

A strong bond has been made between Castel Froma and the Warwick Boat Club's bowls team. So much so that the bowls players helped pay for the residential home's Christmas party. In light of this, the players were invited to the event and had a great...

 

Dixons posts rise in Christmas sales as wins market share

That compares with first half growth of 6 percent. Like-for-like sales in the UK and Ireland rose 5 percent and were up 2 percent in northern Europe. Sales in Greece on the same basis were, however, down 8 percent. Gross margin for the group fell 0.5...

Reuters, 07:35 in Business
 

Car Bomb In Hizbollah Stronghold Kills Two

Two people have been killed and 15 injured by a car bomb in Lebanon. The explosion ripped through the main square of  Hermel, in the latest deadly attack on a Hizbollah stronghold. More follows...

 
Whaley Bridge pool cue attacker jailed for seven years

Whaley Bridge pool cue attacker jailed for seven years

A plasterer has been jailed for seven years for causing severe brain damage to a man by breaking a pool cue over his head and neck in Whaley Bridge. Ashley Humphrey twice came close to death and is now in a wheelchair, paralysed down one side and...

 
Consultants’ fees should be spent on libraries

Consultants’ fees should be spent on libraries

Reading The Star on Monday I was pleased to see that Sheffield City Council has come clean about its consultancy bill - such transparency from government is always something to applaud. Nevertheless, I’m sure I’m not the only one who still feels that...

 


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