Higher-priced wheat, energy and labour costs are taking their toll on Cumbria-based Carr’s Milling Industry.The agriculture, food and engineering business, reported on Monday, 23 April, that interim profits are a shade ahead of expectations although still down year-on-year for the 26 weeks to 3 March, 2007.Despite a challenging market place, it said it had increased adjusted pre-tax profit in each of the last eight years. However, Carr’s board no longer expects a ninth annual increase to be feasible.MD Duncan Monroe told British Baker that Carr’s is now looking at a year-on-year increase of about £30 per tonne of flour.On 23 April, the closing share price was 545p, compared with a 52-week high/low of 712.5p/452.5p. Carr’s has a market capitalisation of around £45m.
High streets have been hit hardest by March’s cold weather as footfall declined 7% in comparison to last year’s figure, it has been revealed. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard’s Footfall Monitor highlighted a 5.2% drop in overall retail footfall last month, compared to March 2012, while out-of-town locations and shopping centres also saw a decline in figures of 4.2% and 2.4% respectively.Helen Dickinson, director general of the BRC, said: “The prolonged cold was the main culprit for deterring shoppers, especially compared against the far milder March of 2012. Although footfall did pick up around the Easter weekend, it couldn’t fully compensate for a weak showing across the month as a whole.“High streets were hit the hardest by the cold snap, as many of us favoured shopping under shelter rather than braving the elements. In February, high streets had been the stand-out performer, but March saw footfall growth slumping back to subzero territory – high streets’ worst result since July 2012.”Diane Wehrle, retail insights director at Springboard, said: “Despite high streets seeing a strong performance in February, predictably the bad weather, plus the Budget and media attention given to the reform to the benefit system have hit consumer confidence.“High street footfall dropped, with just one in five towns recording positive results. Moreover, the average increase among towns in which footfall did increase was just 6.9% compared with an average decline of 11.4% amongst those high streets whose footfall fell from March last year.”She added that the final week of the month yielded some positive results, as retail park footfall rose 7.9% against the previous week, attributing it to shoppers taking advantage of the long Easter Bank Holiday to visit DIY out-of-town outlets.
The kitchen has all the essential ingredients. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and a study as well as a terrace and garden.The ground level is dedicated to the two-car garage. The couple were reluctant to sell but said it was time to move on.The three-bedroom house at 16 View St has a $1.55 million price tag and is being marketed by Kollosche agents Eoghan Murphy and Michael Kollosche. How about that view. 16 View St, Burleigh Heads is on the market. Just like the street name suggests, it is the view that makes this Burleigh Heads house so special.The three-storey property’s views stretch along the coastline, capturing the beach and Surfers Paradise skyline. There are even impressive views from the bathroom. While the house was new when the couple bought it in 2005, they have done a lot of work to it over the years to transform it into the home of their dreams.“We repainted it and recarpeted upstairs and we put security screens on so they’re on every door,” Mrs Urquhart said.The main living areas are on the middle level and flow onto a balcony.“I’m a cook so I love my kitchen but probably my favourite (spot) would be the balcony,” Mrs Urquhart said.She often watched the boats sail past on the horizon while she was cooking dinner. The three-storey property has a $1.55 million price tag. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoOwner Kerrie Urquhart said the coastal vista was what made her sign the dotted line.“(Burleigh Heads) was my ideal place … to be but I didn’t think we’d ever be able to live there,” she said.She has lived in the property, which stepped into the hill, with her husband Mark for more than a decade. MORE NEWS: Rural dumps sells just shy of $1 millionMORE NEWS: Luxury penthouse in Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace sells for $5 million