Shoppers in the North East spend more money at Christmas than anywhere else in the country. British consumers expect to spend over £500 on gifts, socialising and entertaining, with men emerging as the festive big spenders.
Shoppers in the North East will spend, on average, over £600.
The findings are revealed in a poll of more than 2,000 consumers across the UK by financial and technology services company True Potential.
Staff at Newcastle International Airport are expecting a busy time.. it's the Christmas getaway!Read the full story ›
A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Upper River Tees.
River levels are expected to continue to rise throughout Monday morning.
The main area of concern is Low lying land in the Tees valley, including Teesdale Way footpath at Croft and low lying land and roads around the river.
Remaining windy and mostly cloudy with further outbreaks of rain which will be persistent over the PenninesRead the full story ›
Very windy and mild with rain at timesRead the full story ›
Emma Jesson brings you Sunday night's forecastRead the full story ›
The club says it is upset that comments made by its manager Ronnie Moore have been 'escalated'.Read the full story ›
The Met Office have issued a yellow "Be Aware" warning of strong winds for the region for Sunday into MondayRead the full story ›
Emma Jesson brings you Saturday night's forecastRead the full story ›