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Greggs profits fell by 19.1% during 2013 and the bakery chain said it expects "challenging market conditions" to continue during 2014.
The firm, which is based in Newcastle, posted a drop in like-for-like sales of 0.8%, although total sales rose by 3.8%.
The company announced last year that it would change strategy, focusing on food-to-go units rather than cafes, and refitting hundreds of its stores.
Today in its annual results, the firm said it was "making good progress" with that plan.
More than one in four (29%) working parents who use school breakfast clubs would be forced to quit their jobs without them, according to a new report released by Kellogg's.
It highlights how much of a 'lifeline' these clubs have become for many British families, with almost a quarter (23%) of all working households using them so they can drop their primary school children off early in order to get to work on time.
A North East MP has come under pressure after he advertised a job in his office for just £3.38 per hour, despite campaigning for a rise in wages for low paid workers.
Alex Cunningham, who represents Stockton North, has said he would like to pay an apprentice more but could not afford it.
The Labour MP has campaigned for a so-called living wage of £7.65 per hour. Paul Brand has been speaking to him.
The MP Alex Cunningham has been criticised for advertising a job which pays just £3.38 per hour.
Despite campaigning for a "Living Wage" - which equates to around £7.65 an hour for the lowest paid workers - the Labour MP for Stockton North is looking for an apprentice who'll be given £125 per week.
We asked you for your reactions:
– Tracy Halliday
"You might want to ask is he even paying that or has he received a grant to employ a young person?"
– Ann Harland
"But it's an apprentice job, I get where people are coming from, but I was paid JSA when I did my Business Admin Apprenticeship, most apprentices are 16 year old still living with their parents, not out on their own with a mortgage and kids like the rest of us, just my view."
– Rob Heslop
"If you put the word 'apprentice' in front of job title it just enables the employer to pay employee less"
Education Secretary Michael Gove has condemned holiday firms for trying to "fleece parents" by ramping up travel prices when schools are out.
His comments come as a poll for ITV News found a third of adults said they have gone on a family holiday during term time, when costs are significantly lower.
Mr Gove, though, said parents "should not take children out of school during the school term".
Instead, he said varying term dates across schools would help families benefit from off-peak travel prices.
Nearly half of parents in the North East would take their children on holiday during term time, despite the fact that they could be fined by schools.
The figures come from a survey by a price comparison website. MPs at Westminster will today debate whether travel companies should be allowed to charge extra during the school holidays.
170,000 people have signed a petition asking the Government to intervene. Families feel "pushed into a corner", said Louise Hodges from Travelzoo.
The Government's Aviation Minister has launched plans for a new business park at Newcastle Airport, which could create thousands of jobs.
Robert Goodwill is also the MP for Scarborough and Whitby. He announced plans to start work on the Newcastle International Business Park. The completed development could create as many as 7,000 new jobs and contribute more than £300 million to the local economy.
Our reporter Richard Wilson is at Newcastle International Airport with Scarborough MP and Transport Minister Robert Goodwill. The airport is launching plans for a new development.
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More than two in five (44%) are against term-time holiday fines with over a quarter (27%) saying they should have absolute authority on when to take their children out of school.
Over one tenth (12%) of parents in the region are still unaware of the fines, according to Travelzoo.