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Confidence continues to rise for West Midlands business; Lloyds Bank's barometer recorded the highest reading for the region since the start of 2019. May 4, 2021 426
HSBC beats forecasts with profits for quarter up 79pc; Europe's largest lender made a PS4.18 billion pre-tax profit in the first three months of 2021. Apr 28, 2021 251
From farm shop to fitness centre. Apr 27, 2021 371
Pub boss predicts a bumper summer after pandemic hit; Chain sees venues performing above expectations since reopening after latest lockdown. Apr 22, 2021 266
Firm targeting global expansion. Apr 13, 2021 299
Boots sales drop about 20pc as Covid weighs on retailers; High street giant gained market share in beauty products, but lost ground in all other areas. Apr 1, 2021 257
Royal Mail may pay dividend from pandemic profits surge; Around PS99 million would be paid out to shareholders in the autumn after a rise in revenue. Mar 31, 2021 244
Cineworld slumps to loss as closed cinemas take effect; The company's 127 UK sites have been shut since October as a result of the pandemic. Mar 26, 2021 268
Online push thrusts car dealer into profit. Mar 25, 2021 314
Funeral firm slumps despite more deaths. Mar 18, 2021 299
Capita tells 35,000 they can work at home permanently; The international business no longer needs call centres to be manned from a single location. Mar 18, 2021 462
SCS pledges PS1.3m furlough repayment after record sales; Furniture specialist saw revenues rise 14.4pc to PS173.9m despite the challenges of lockdown. Financial report Mar 17, 2021 243
Bank of England Governor is confident for future economy; Andrew Bailey reveals he is not anticipating soaring inflation despite a pent-up demand. Mar 16, 2021 427
Wetherspoon will reveal how lockdowns have hurt chain; The national pubs operator has raised nearly PS100 million to help with its recovery plans. Mar 15, 2021 418
Ibstock confident of lift after poor 2020. Mar 13, 2021 339
Breedon sees profits slump after Covid-19. Mar 11, 2021 333
Just Eat is expecting orders to soar even higher in 2021; The online food delivery business has seen a huge jump in earnings during the pandemic. Mar 11, 2021 417
Mitchells & Butlers launches placing to combat cash burn; The company has revealed a PS351 million fundraiser as it said it is running out of money. Feb 23, 2021 278
Asda sees sales jump after enjoying a strong Christmas; Rapid online growth also helped to push revenues higher during the period for the retailer. Feb 19, 2021 405
Hospitality bosses plea for a VAT cut expansion in budget; The calls come amid uncertainty over when hard-hit businesses will be allowed to reopen. Feb 16, 2021 439
Dunelm sales surge as boss supports supermarket rules; Furniture retailer saw a 111pc rise in online revenue as the pandemic causes stores to shut. Feb 11, 2021 433
Travel restrictions behind a fall in Tui's winter bookings; Holidaymakers are waiting to see impact of vaccines before reserving their summer breaks. Feb 10, 2021 265
Drop in apprenticeships as training budgets cut. Feb 8, 2021 468
Mid-sized firms in the region say it is right time to invest; Survey finds priorities for Midlands businesses are technology, innovation and recruitment. Feb 3, 2021 369
Business confidence in West Midlands slips into the red; The region's firms have faced significant challenges due to the current national lockdown. Feb 1, 2021 400
Increase in shop sales helps Diageo offset Covid impact; The FTSE 100 drinks group saw Guinness and cocktails sell strongly during Covid lockdowns. Jan 29, 2021 396
John Lewis expected to axe 1,500 jobs at its head office; It is anticipated cutting the roles will save PS50m as part of a wider PS300m cost-saving target. Jan 28, 2021 269
Debenhams stores to close but name lives on. Jan 26, 2021 398
AO Let's Go! Profits boost in crisis. Jan 20, 2021 328
Next the frontrunner to snap up collapsed Topshop owner; The retail giant is believed to be in pole position to buy Sir Philip Green's embattled Arcadia. Jan 19, 2021 274
Huge pub sales slump to be revealed by JD Wetherspoon; The November lockdown in England and tiered restrictions have hit the national chain hard. Jan 18, 2021 444
320 jobs axed as Debenhams permanently shuts six stores; JD Sports, which was tipped to save the retail giant, pulled out of rescue talks in December. Jan 14, 2021 255
Lockdowns deliver a profits boost to Warhammer maker; Games Workshop enjoyed record half-year sales and profits as gamers were stuck at home. Financial report Jan 13, 2021 256
Marston's optimistic for future despite facing crisis hangover. Jan 9, 2021 244
Hospitality sector amongst hardest hit from pandemic; Thousands of venues are still shut as a result of coronavirus restrictions across the country. Dec 31, 2020 245
Mass redundancies as Covid pandemic batters economy; Major firms announced 280,000 during the year but the real number will be much higher. Dec 30, 2020 432
A grim year of unprecedented challenges; Covid has brought a deep crisis and changed the way we work. Let's hope 2021 is the start of a period of recovery. Dec 29, 2020 1011
Fall in private sector activity gathers pace in final quarter; The CBI says that the UK economy is currently experiencing a bad end to a dreadful year. Dec 24, 2020 412
Serco furlough cash will be returned to the Government; The outsourcing giant is also to pay a one-off bonus to 50,000 staff after a rise in profits. Dec 18, 2020 428
Dixons Carphone returns to a profit thanks to online boost; The Currys PC World owner has seen trading remain buoyant in the run up to Christmas. Dec 17, 2020 428
In-Comm Training targets ambitious expansion plans. Dec 15, 2020 357
Online portal is launched to help region's employers through Covid pandemic. Dec 15, 2020 239
Company boosted by online surge. Dec 11, 2020 280
MARSTON'S IS HIT WITH PS400M LOSS; Pub operator says lockdowns have been a bitter blow and government support still vital. Dec 11, 2020 390
Sports Direct and Fraser owner reports big increase in profits. Financial report Dec 11, 2020 241
FirstGroup to scrap two franchises. Dec 11, 2020 298
Just Eat to hire 1,000 riders as part of new worker model; The food delivery business says it will offer couriers pay by the hour rather than by per job. Dec 10, 2020 271
Record PS1.1 billion is spent on Small Business Saturday; Shoppers admit wanting to support retailers after a tough year facing impacts of coronavirus. Dec 9, 2020 388
M3 celebrates its birthday with PS200k business wins. Dec 8, 2020 225
Loungers boss angry at new Covid-19 tiering restrictions; Fears are raised latest coronavirus measures could decimate the UK hospitality industry. Dec 3, 2020 430
M&B counting the cost of virus on jobs and profits. Nov 27, 2020 417
Co-op boss warns companies about unused electricity bills; Figures show firms could have paid more than PS1m for unconsumed energy at closed sites. Nov 24, 2020 253
Lookers launches national search for new apprentices; Firm says investment in new tech talent is a sign of confidence and ambition for the future. Nov 24, 2020 448
Boom in home improvements gives a boost to B&Q owner; Kingfisher has seen its quarterly sales rise by 17.6 per cent as people upgrade their homes. Nov 20, 2020 427
Lloyds' branch closure plans branded 'damaging' by union; Unite has hit out at the banking group's decision which is set to result in the loss of 160 jobs. Nov 19, 2020 265
HomeServe's profits on the up amid crisis. Nov 18, 2020 332
Royal Mail set for profit fall as it prepares for Christmas; 33,000 temporary workers have been taken on to deal with the expected increase in demand. Nov 16, 2020 446
Foundries firm in loss as Covid dents performance. Nov 16, 2020 405
Fresh tranche of grants worth PS215m for firms. Nov 14, 2020 469
Tapi Carpets accuses rivals of breaching lockdown rules; The retailer claims competitors are 'knowingly' breaking restrictions by remaining open. Nov 13, 2020 419
Government pays out PS359m to workers at collapsed firms; Several high street brands such as New Look have used insolvency laws to reduce their debts. Nov 12, 2020 403
Unemployment on rise as crisis tremors felt. Nov 11, 2020 505
Persimmon hails demand for homes despite the pandemic; The FTSE 100 company reported average weekly sales were 38 per cent higher than in 2019. Nov 11, 2020 284
Business output is in decline for the first time since April; The economic impact of regional restrictions points to a painful second Covid-19 lockdown. Nov 10, 2020 404
Boxing clever as growth up. Nov 9, 2020 204
Online orders double to give a boost to The Works chain; The retailer had seen a strong and pleasing improvement in sales since the first lockdown. Nov 6, 2020 268
Builder raises profit outlook in booming property market; Crest Nicholson boss warns that the new lockdown in England will bring fresh challenges. Nov 4, 2020 265
Housebuilder Bellway sees its profits slump by 64.3pc; The group took a PS46.8 million hit to meet new apartment blocks fire and safety standards. Oct 21, 2020 273
2,000 MARSTON'S JOBS FACING AXE. Oct 16, 2020 237
2,000 MARSTON'S JOBS FACING AXE. Oct 16, 2020 237
Marston's job cuts after curfews 'undermine confidence' in pubs. Oct 16, 2020 477
Barratt remains bullish as it sees homebuyer demand rise; Government's Help to Buy scheme also helped boost orders after Covid lockdown ended. Oct 15, 2020 416
HSS Hire to cut jobs and close branches. Oct 9, 2020 508
EasyJet set to dive into loss as passenger numbers halve; The airline has been badly hit by the coronavirus crisis with fewer flights during the summer. Oct 9, 2020 414
Building contractor awarded PS3.7m contract to build innovation centre. Oct 6, 2020 233
Mulberry warns of uncertain future following full year loss; The luxury handbag maker fears 'alarmingly low levels' of footfall will continue to hurt its sales. Financial report Oct 6, 2020 456
Casino giant agrees PS2.9bn deal to acquire William Hilll; Caesars already owns a 20 per cent stake in the betting firm's United States operations. Oct 1, 2020 274
Confidence has risen among firms in the West Midlands; Lloyds Bank found that the latest Covid-19 restrictions have not dampened business activity. Sep 30, 2020 393
Car dealership lost PS31m in first half of year amid crisis; Bitter blow of the lockdown came after Pendragon saw trading race ahead of 2019. Sep 30, 2020 398
Jobs are 'at risk' as furlough scheme ending at Greggs. Sep 30, 2020 319
Deliveroo looking for 15,000 more riders as demand rises; It comes after the company signed up 11,500 new restaurants and extended other deals. Sep 29, 2020 433
Figures hide true impacts of crisis; Warning Covid effects are not reflected in insolvency data. Sep 22, 2020 286
MERRY HILL JOBS HAVE BEEN SAVED. Sep 18, 2020 391
MERRY HILL JOBS HAVE BEEN SAVED. Sep 18, 2020 237
Trainline ticket sales slump as passenger levels flatline; Company saw its turnover tumble to PS31 million in the first half of the 2021 financial year. Sep 18, 2020 459
Fosun brings Thomas Cook brand back to market online; Relaunch takes place around first anniversary of the collapse of the former high street giant. Sep 16, 2020 452
Canadian rival tables PS38bn bid for security business G4S; But the all-cash offer for the London-based firm has been unanimously rejected by the board. Sep 15, 2020 428
Pizza Hut branches go as figures show diners are returning. Sep 12, 2020 428
New Look future in landlords' hands following buyer failure; Fashion chain said sale process had failed after deadline for offers passed with no progress. Sep 10, 2020 446
Iceland hires 3,000 workers as its online business booms; Increase in demand has meant the need for extra delivery drivers and more staff in stores. Sep 9, 2020 391
Restaurant chain to close sites in region. Sep 8, 2020 327
Morrisons set to reveal sales surge after lockdown boom; The supermarket giant is expected to reveal strong growth as it expanded online operations. Sep 7, 2020 420
Business impact of Covid-19 worse in UK, survey suggests; But research finds the majority of firms see opportunities coming out of the coronavirus crisis. Sep 3, 2020 391
Business confidence in the region takes a hit in August; Survey finds a fifth of firms still unable to operate fully within social distancing guidelines. Aug 28, 2020 420
New Look wants zero rent at shops in restructuring plan; Firm says proposal will 'relieve financial pressure' after being hurt by closures during crisis. Aug 27, 2020 438
PS122m losses for National Express; Coach firm remaining 'positive' as demand slowly returning. Aug 14, 2020 423
Firms are in need of further support; Manufacturers will struggle without help to secure the future. Aug 1, 2020 469
Global sales dropped by half for Aston Martin amid crisis; The second quarter of the year was much worse than the first for the UK luxury car maker. Jul 30, 2020 276
GKN owner Melrose in job cuts warning as revenue is battered. Jul 23, 2020 227
Bus group boss urges rapid easing of virus restrictions; Stagecoach has seen annual pre-tax profits slump by more than half due to the lockdown. Jul 23, 2020 285

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