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Estate agents bank PS1 billion. Sep 30, 2020 237
Historians take sneak peaky into city's past. Sep 29, 2020 436
Christmas might not deliver. Sep 28, 2020 588
Matthew conquers his dyslexia. Sep 28, 2020 303
36 of region's firms in top 250 for sales before crisis; Business leaders are praised for resilience as pandemic continues to put profits at risk. Sep 28, 2020 352
Pizza Hut hopes for approval of CVA to close restaurants; Around 450 jobs will disappear if the proposals to shut 29 of its UK sites are implemented. Sep 28, 2020 397
Digital skills scheme to protect workers at risk. Sep 25, 2020 318
Survey finds retail sales rise at fastest rate in 18 months; Grocers the driver of the expansion with majority of food stockists seeing increasing revenue. Sep 25, 2020 412
Train station eatery operator SSP unveils PS1.3bn sales hit; Upper Crust owner expects trading to have slumped 86% in second half to end of September. Sep 24, 2020 445
Tenpin suffers PS5.1m half year loss. Sep 24, 2020 322
Pace of UK's manufacturing output decline slowing down; CBI says that the drop was driven by motor vehicles and transport equipment sub-sector. Sep 23, 2020 399
Superdry reveals big losses amid coronavirus lockdown; Retailer says ongoing uncertainty and disruption caused by Covid has hit sales and profits. Financial report Sep 22, 2020 406
Pandemic hit manufacturers hard across West Midlands; Investment has been scaled back because of the continuing impact of the coronavirus crisis. Sep 21, 2020 441
John Lewis set to reveal big dent to sales from lockdown; The retail chain has cut 1,300 jobs and shut eight of its stores due to the pandemic's impact. Sep 14, 2020 259
Online sales tripled at Dixons Carphone while shops closed; But retail giant remains uncertain over its outlook for the year despite current strong trading. Sep 11, 2020 444
Annual profits drop for Mecca Bingo's owner. Sep 11, 2020 284
Summer sales boost drives Primark to top its forecasts; But largest stores in major shopping destinations have been hit by a large slump in footfall. Sep 8, 2020 253
Social care could deliver jobs boost; Investment call as county bucks trend for decline in spending. Sep 7, 2020 318
Jet2 optimistic for new year after quiet winter bookings; Airline claims flights will be super cheap to encourage cautious holidaymakers to go abroad. Sep 4, 2020 401
MPs call for action to save automotive jobs. Aug 28, 2020 349
University pioneers technology to cut down bureaucracy. Aug 28, 2020 324
Interchange station gets green light. Aug 28, 2020 303
Lockdown sparks sofa sales boost. Aug 26, 2020 311
New jobs created thanks to PS100,000 grant boost. Aug 25, 2020 379
Frasers pledges to save jobs after PS37 million deal for DW; Mike Ashley's retail empire has bought some of its former rival's assets out of administration. Aug 25, 2020 294
Start-up raises PS250k for new system to improve crop yields. Aug 25, 2020 229
Manufacturing downturn is beginning to ease says CBI; Latest survey finds that order books are still severly depressed due to the coronavirus crisis. Aug 24, 2020 257
Street closures 'speeding up death of town centres'. Aug 22, 2020 312
Emptier high streets could be good for Frasers Group; Mike Ashley's company plans to invest more than PS100 million as other big chains flee. Aug 21, 2020 437
Increase in small businesses reporting growth last month; Activity is picking up after lifting of lockdown measures but the pace of recovery is uneven. Aug 20, 2020 436
Online sales double for Asda as shopping habits changing; The lockdown saw the supermarket chain's internet and click and collect orders increasing. Aug 19, 2020 247
Hotspot for freehold property. Aug 19, 2020 230
Homes giant Persimmon set to reveal virus hit to profits; The housebuilder was forced to close construction sites and sales offices during lockdown. Aug 17, 2020 425
Betting giant suffered major impact on profits from virus; The owner of Ladbrokes saw its pre-tax figures slump by 74pc in the first half of this year. Aug 14, 2020 258
Just Eat boss says discount scheme not hurting business; Jitse Groen insists his company is seeing little impact of the Government's Eat Out initiative. Aug 13, 2020 408
About 730,000 workers taken off payrolls of companies across UK. Aug 12, 2020 620
Holiday Inn owner cuts jobs after first-half profit slump; Intercontinental Hotels Group reports pre-tax loss for last six months during Covid lockdown. Aug 12, 2020 430
Scale of lending by banks to firms surges to 13-year high; Latest UK forecast says business lending is now expected to rise by 14.4% during 2020. Aug 11, 2020 456
Tributes to training legend Geoff. Aug 11, 2020 351
Recovery in West Midlands private sector gaining pace; The level of output from the region's manufacturing and service sectors improved in July. Aug 10, 2020 407
Charity shops are more valued by people now than before pandemic. Aug 10, 2020 272
One in five businesses get virus support during crisis; Figures reveal that finance industry has now provided PS3.46bn to struggling firms in the region. Aug 8, 2020 373
Airport demo call for urgent support; Aviation workers and bosses unite in appeal to Chancellor. Aug 8, 2020 484
Green vision for new HS2 station. Aug 8, 2020 308
European stake sale to raise PS800m for Hammerson debt; The British shopping centres owner is set to make a major retreat from the continental market. Aug 7, 2020 275
West Midlands construction seeing a slump in workloads; Labour shortages and difficulties in sourcing materials are causing many projects to stall. Aug 6, 2020 402
WH Smith set to cut jobs and close shops. Aug 6, 2020 386
Pizza Express to close 67 branches; Up to 1,100 jobs at risk at restaurant chain in restructure. Aug 5, 2020 442
Council will work with park's buyer; Drayton Manor owners and authority will team up on tourism. Aug 5, 2020 481
BP dividend is slashed after oil price falls and pandemic; The giant company swung to a loss in the second quarter of the year as demand declined. Aug 5, 2020 459
Theme Park sold and new owners have 'ambitious development plans'. Aug 4, 2020 554
Firm's 100pc loans success rate. Aug 4, 2020 342
Half year pre-tax profits fall by 65pc to PS3.2bn for HSBC; The bank was impacted by the coronavirus crisis, falling interest rates and market volatility. Aug 4, 2020 432
Fall in private sector activity continues but pace slowing; The CBI says its latest monthly growth indicator suggests the economy is at a turning point. Aug 3, 2020 406
Survey reveals concerns over non-negotiated Europe exit; Data shows a third of UK businesses are worried about leaving without a trade agreement. Jul 31, 2020 392
Carpet firm enjoys strong recovery. Jul 31, 2020 307
Plans announced for roll out of full fibre broadband; 11 towns and villages to benefit from 'more reliable' service. Jul 30, 2020 227
Brewing merger proposal delayed; Joint venture held up during review by competitions authority. Jul 30, 2020 279
Retail figures flat in a tough year for non-essential shops; The CBI survey found that despite higher grocery sales the picture is bleak for some chains. Jul 29, 2020 264
Business confidence in WM is closer to positive territory; Optimism about the economy returned for the first time since Covid lockdown in March. Jul 28, 2020 411
Priority is regaining confidence. Jul 28, 2020 355
UK annual GDP is expected to fall 11.5pc by end of year. Jul 27, 2020 437
Design ambitions unveiled for International rail station. Jul 25, 2020 303
Covid causes manufacturing exports to reach record low; The coronavirus pandemic has led to falling overseas demand for UK goods and services. Jul 24, 2020 432
More airlines now flying as airport fights back from blow of pandemic. Jul 23, 2020 567
Profit warnings rise 131pc in the West Midlands this year; Pandemic is a factor as quoted companies in the region issue 30 in the first half of 2020. Jul 20, 2020 418
Recruitment firm Hays warns its profits could almost halve; Company says there is little sign of businesses returning to hiring as global lockdowns ease. Jul 17, 2020 435
Firms join forces to make 'reusable' visors. Jul 17, 2020 400
Calls to redistribute PS1.7bn in unclaimed crisis grants; West Midlands authorities still have PS182.7m to hand out, according to Government figures. Jul 16, 2020 399
Region still leading for foreign business. Jul 15, 2020 331
Business output shows signs of recovery as lockdown lifts; Data reveals rise in economic activity as more employers given the green light to restart work. Jul 14, 2020 389
West Midlands in top sales tier. Jul 14, 2020 331
Business activity is starting to pick up in West Midlands; The region's private sector firms seeing new business rise for the first time since February. Jul 13, 2020 407
Project Reopen has been a success, say pub firms. Jul 11, 2020 580
John Lewis closes its Grand Central store. Jul 10, 2020 411
Burger King warning of threat to 1,600 workers. Jul 10, 2020 305
Housebuilders see recovery after lockdown dents sales; Construction and sales activity has picked up since the middle of May after restrictions ease. Jul 10, 2020 260
FirstGroup slumps to a loss of PS300m during pandemic; Bus and rail passenger numbers have fallen for the transport business since the outbreak. Jul 9, 2020 422
Brintons sheds jobs and moves carpet dyeing process overseas. Jul 8, 2020 237
Housebuilder Barratt will be repaying all furlough money; The company has reported buyers flocking back to its sales centres as the lockdown eases. Jul 7, 2020 397
Airport welcoming new rules. Jul 4, 2020 182
Retail bloodbath sees more of big names shedding jobs; John Lewis, Arcadia and Harrods all making redundancies due to ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Jul 2, 2020 280
House prices rising despite national fall. Jul 2, 2020 579
Our factories must work together to make region a centre of excellence. Jul 1, 2020 739
Estate agent sheds 54 jobs as offices are closed down; Andrew Grant enters administration after almost 50 years trading across the Midlands. Jun 30, 2020 376
BCC calls for the Chancellor to set out recovery roadmap; Survey of 7,700 firms illustrates the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic on UK economy. Jun 30, 2020 414
Marston's calling for VAT cut to help its pubs survive. Jun 29, 2020 252
Expert says jobless figures will return to levels of 1980s slump. Jun 29, 2020 358
Sainsbury's to reveal a sales jump through virus lockdown; The supermarket chain has seen sustained growth continue and particularly in its food lines. Jun 29, 2020 404
Victoria enjoying a resurgence. Jun 26, 2020 182
Outsourcing firm Mitie to buy Interserve's arm for PS271m; The deal, subject to approval, would create UK's biggest facilitates management business. Jun 26, 2020 398
County joins call to help climate; New rural authorities network demands support for change. Jun 25, 2020 288
Businesses are warned over abusing furlough. Jun 25, 2020 321
Go Outdoors chain is bought back by JD Sports for PS56m; The move is intended to save as many jobs as possible at the chain which employs 2,400. Jun 25, 2020 264
Waterworld boss slams rules. Jun 25, 2020 181
Success for firm in delivering to farms. Jun 25, 2020 563
A gem of a week for jewellery shop sales. Jun 23, 2020 332
Royal Mail parcels deliveries grow but costs rise by PS40m; The company's share value has fallen below level at which it was privatised seven years ago. Jun 22, 2020 441
Small businesses badly hit by virus and challenge is still 'far from over'. Jun 20, 2020 289
Record GDP contraction now forecast for the UK economy; EY's gloomier outlook reflects the deep impact from the coronavirus lockdown during April. Jun 17, 2020 449

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