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5p charge for supermarket carrier bags

If you pick up a plastic bag in a supermarket, it will cost you at least 5 pence.

5p charge introduced for supermarket carrier bags Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The government has introduced the charge, which comes into effect today, in an attempt to persuade shoppers to reuse their plastic bags.


New car smoking ban to protect children

A change in the law will help to protect children from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke - and go some way to saving the NHS thousands of pounds a year.

From tomorrow it will be against the law to smoke in a car with anyone under the age of 18. It follows a campaign led by a teenager who put together a petition calling for the government to introduce the ban. The move has been widely praised by health professionals - but one smokers' rights group says it is a step too far. Matt Price reports.

Morrisons to close North Yorkshire store

Northallerton store set to close

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced that its Northallerton store in North Yorkshire is among the 11 it is planning to close across the country.

The closure announcement was made last week, following the revelation that half year profits to August had fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year. But the Bradford-based chain did not disclose which stores were to go, saying the decision had only just been announced to staff.

The full list has now been revealed, with most of the closures in the North of England, Morrisons' traditional stronghold. Supermarkets in Salford, Manchester and Sunderland will all close, while the Midlands, the West Country and London have been hit too. The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million and is in addition to the closure of10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.

We have looked extremely carefully at whether the stores can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of making them viable. We are therefore proposing their closure. We are consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our business.

– Morrisons


Investment expert: Morrisons has failed to deal with changes in market

Morrisons workers throughout the Calendar region are fearing for their jobs after the Bradford-based supermarket announced it is closing a further 11 supermarkets. Up to 900 jobs are said to be at risk.

It follows the announcement that half year profits to August have fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year.

Investment manager David Battersby from Redmayne Bentley stockbrokers explains where it has all gone wrong:

Morrisons boss expresses 'great regret' at store closures

The Chief Executive at Morrisons, the Bradford-based supermarket, has expressed his "great regret" at the closure of 11 stores, which will put 900 jobs at risk.

The firm's suffered a 35 per cent drop in pre-tax profits in the six months to August.

"This is a difficult decision but one which we cannot see any way through to make those stores viable."

– David Potts, Chief Executive

The closures are in addition to 10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.

Mr Potts said the closures being set out today were mainly smaller-sized supermarkets. He would not disclose the location of the sites straight away with the decision only just being announced to staff.

The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million.

Morrisons boss: Boosting trading will be 'a long journey'

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The Chief Executive of Morrisons has outlined his priorities for the Bradford-based supermarket after it confirmed it plans to close 11 stores, putting 900 jobs at risk.

“The immediate priority is to deliver a better shopping trip to stabilise trading performance. Our six strategic priorities will then deliver improvement in the core supermarkets, where we have the greatest opportunity. It will be a long journey. We approach the challenge with energy, confidence and many strengths, particularly our strong balance sheet and cash flow, which enables investment in improving the customer shopping trip.”

– David Potts, Chief Executive
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