News archive from 16 January 2014, page 19

Plus-size retailer N Brown looks abroad after revenue rise

The company also reported its strongest sales performance from the brands aimed at younger consumers. The Manchester-based retailer said it would now step up capital and revenue expenditure outside of its core British home shopping business into...

Reuters, 08:05 in Business
 

Bovis Homes says order book up 77 percent, best position in years

Bovis said it would post a "significant" rise in profits in 2013, in line with market expectations, driven by the completion of more homes, higher average sales prices and an improvement in its profit margin. Analysts expect Bovis to post...

Reuters, 08:05 in Business
 

China 2013 foreign investment inflows hit record high

"We are confident that we will see steady growth in FDI for 2014, as global investor sentiment recovers and reforms by the new (Chinese) leadership help attract more foreign capital," said Shen Danyang, a spokesman of the Commerce Ministry....

Reuters, 08:07 in Business
 
Villagers in battle to stop windfarm plan

Villagers in battle to stop windfarm plan

A new protest group has thrown down the gauntlet to developers considering siting a wind farm at St Michael's on Wyre. Members of the group were due to attend a meeting of St Michael’s Parish Council last night after requesting that the issue over the...

 

Bahrain crown prince meets opposition on ending political deadlock

The meeting between Crown Prince Salman al-Khalifa and the head of the opposition Al Wefaq group, Sheikh Ali Salman, and leaders of other opposition groups in Bahrain, was the first since 2011, after protests by majority Shi'ites demanding democratic...

 
Well earned rest for the Barclays

Well earned rest for the Barclays

A couple who have helped raise more than £150,000 for a hospice have closed their social club after 24 years. Peter and Linda Barclay bought the building in North Road, Ravensthorpe, in 1989 and called it the Barclays Club. And over the past nine...

 
JK Rowling and films dominate children's book list

JK Rowling and films dominate children's book list

Harry Potter author JK Rowling tops a new list of children's favourite books which is dominated by titles which have been made in to films. Six of the author's books about wizardry feature in a list compiled by online education company Renaissance...

BBC, 08:11 in Art & Culture
 
Comedians have ‘high levels of psychotic traits’

Comedians have ‘high levels of psychotic traits’

Comedians have personality types linked with psychosis, like many other creative types, which might explain why they can entertain, researchers claim. They score highly on characteristics that in extreme cases are associated with mental illness, a...

BBC, 08:11 in Art & Culture
 
School praised by Ofsted

School praised by Ofsted

Ofsted inspectors have praised Cotmanhay Junior School after a recent inspection. Inspectors were at the Beauvale Drive school at the start of December. Their report rated the school as ‘requires improvement,’ which, due to the higher standards set by...

 
Scottish independence: EU financial benefit outlined

Scottish independence: EU financial benefit outlined

SCOTLAND would benefit from hundreds of millions of pounds of extra funds with thousands more jobs created if it was an independent member of the European Union, Nicola Sturgeon claimed in a keynote speech last night. The deputy SNP leader used a...

Scotsman, 08:12 in Politics
 

Argos boosted by Christmas sales

Argos revealed its best Christmas performance for more than 10 years after making further progress in its plan to become a digital-led retailer with nearly half of sales made online. Another strong Christmas for tablet computers and the recent launch...

 

Ex-US defence chief in cuts warning

A smaller Armed Forces would mean the UK could no longer be a full military partner to the United States, America's former defence secretary has warned. Robert Gates told the BBC that cuts in the number of military staff would limit the UK's global...

 

Doc no-show figure shock

ALMOST 10,000 extra patients could have been seen by GPs in South Derbyshire last year in the time that was wasted by people missing appointments. A total of 874 GP hours were wasted in the district at a cost of more than £91,000 to the NHS. The...

 
Wind turbine project nearing completion

Wind turbine project nearing completion

Construction of a community wind turbine expected to generate an income of £2.3 million over the next 25 years has been completed. The blades of the 74m-tall turbine on the northern outskirts of Berwick were lifted into place earlier this week,...

 
More retailers to shut up shop

More retailers to shut up shop

Traders have raised fresh fears for the future of Berwick town centre after it emerged that five more shops are set to close. Three shops on the lower part of Marygate are understood to be closing over the coming months, along with Mountain Warehouse...

 


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