As Christmas approaches, it is predicted that more than £4 billion will be spent by an estimated 30 million shoppers this weekend alone.
In our region, shopping centres including the MetroCentre in Gateshead were packed with people hoping to bag some bargains. Towns and cities including Sunderland and those in Redcar and Cleveland are offering free parking at evenings and weekends to draw in the crowds.**
Council leaders in York admit businesses in the city centre will suffer following the decision to approve a controversial out-of-town shopping centre and sports stadium.
A new John Lewis store will open at Monks Cross on the outskirts of the city along with a Marks and Spencer store. The shopping scheme will help fund a new sports stadium for York City and the city's rugby league club.
Adam Sinclair from the Chamber of Trade says the plans make no sense, but Councillor James Alexander defended York City Council's decision.
A new John Lewis store will open at Monks Cross on the outksirts of the city along with a Marks and Spencer store. The council has defended its decision but the local Chamber of Trade says it makes no sense
The shopping scheme will help fund a new sports stadium for York City and the city's rugby league club.
Five of the region's high streets struggling with shop closures are to get half a million pounds from the Government. North Tyneside, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool will get 100 thousand each to help new businesses.
It comes after the Government accepted Mary Portas's recommendations - the star of Mary Queen of Shops and the Bottom Line.
Business owners in Cannon Park are angry at council plans to redevelop the area and turn it into a shopping complex. They could be forced to move their premises to another part of town. A council meeting will take place today and proposals are expected to be put out to public consultation.