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January 15, 2019 11:57 AM Oven chip cooking time amended to eight weeks

THE preparation time for oven chips has been amended from 15-18 minutes to around eight weeks. Following feedback from customers, all oven chips should be cooked at 200ºc for about two months before you plan to eat them. An oven chip spokesman said: “If you want them to be crisp, yes. So plan ahead. “Just leave them in there, turning them every seven 357

January 15, 2019 11:27 AM Marks & Spencer to close 17 stores

M&S has already outlined plans to close 100 stores by 2022 as it hopes to move at least a third of its clothing and homes sales online. Of these, 30 have already closed and 25 have been announced including Tuesday's list. The latest 17 stores to close are: Ashford, Barrow, Bedford, Boston, Buxton, Cwmbran, Deal, Felixstowe, Huddersfield, Hull, Junction 395

January 15, 2019 8:05 AM Boohoo remains in fashion as sales surge

Sales at Boohoo grew strongly in the last four months of 2018, in another sign that people are choosing online shopping over the High Street. The online fashion retailer, which also owns the PrettyLittleThing and Nastygal fashion labels, saw revenues in the four-month period jump 44% to £328.2m. It revised its revenue growth forecast for the financial 143

January 15, 2019 7:46 AM Online fashion retailer Boohoo raises revenue target after strong Christmas

While rival ASOS issued a profit warning before Christmas, Boohoo saw sales jump in the UK and US market. The owner of Nasty Gal and Pretty Little Thing said revenue rose 44% to £328.2m in the four months to 31 December, up from £228.2m a year earlier. In the UK, revenues rose 33% to £180m and US sales jumped 78% to £70.4m. Boohoo now expects revenues 131

January 13, 2019 11:38 AM Airlander 10: World's longest aircraft gets full-production go-ahead

The world's longest aircraft is set to go into full production with the model designed to take its first passengers. It comes after the prototype £32m Airlander 10 - a combined plane and airship - was formally retired following successful final testing. As a result, Bedford firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has been given Production Organisation Approval 137

January 10, 2019 10:20 PM Poundland accused of ‘APPALLING SEXISM’ over 'PERVERTED' 'boobies' and 'booty' sweets

POUNDLAND has been called out by outraged customers and accused of “sexism” for selling “boobies” and “booty” marshmallows. The candies, sold alongside other sweets, come in a packaging inviting customers to “squidge” the cheeks and “be gentle”. The 50p marshmallows became notorious on social media after Twitter user Gemma Aitchison, who found them in Bolton 109

January 4, 2019 9:42 AM Economy Energy banned from taking on new customers

Energy supplier Economy Energy has been banned from taking on new customers until it improves its customer service. The energy regulator, Ofgem, said the ban would remain in place for three months to allow the firm to improve its customer contact procedures. It must also address billing and payment failures, and issue customer refunds in a timely manner 77

January 4, 2019 9:37 AM TV licence email scam: More than 5,000 complaints in three months

A TV licence email scam has led to more than 5,000 complaints over the past three months. Cyber crime monitor Action Fraud said fake TV licence emails regarding payment issues had been sent out to try to collect bank details. The number of reports has increased in each of the past three months, with 1,805 complaints in December alone. Action Fraud told the BBC the scam was "particularly 71

January 2, 2019 1:09 PM John Lewis Christmas Eve sales end year with a boost

Retail chain John Lewis Partnership saw an 11% rise in sales in the last week of 2018 compared with a year earlier. The partnership includes both John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets. John Lewis reported very strong sales on Christmas Eve itself - which was included in the last week of trading - as customers bought last-minute gifts 69

January 1, 2019 12:30 PM Nokia 1: Everything about Nokia's latest easy-access feature phone

• Specialised apps from Google which run faster at small memory usage. • Despite being a basic device, Nokia is still treating customers to a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel selfie cam. While not a flagship phone from Nokia, the Nokia 1 is an easy access feature phone, built for everyone. Nokia hasn't skimped on their latest phone, which has a roomy 225