Road closure hits sales

first_imgA North Hampshire baker is planning to seek compensation from Thames Water because the closure of the main road through his village is costing his business £400 a day.Simon Smart, who runs the Bramley Village Bakery with his wife Tracey, said the road closure to install a new underground sewerage system had started in November and was due to last 10 weeks.He told British Baker: “It’s been horrendous. They have shut off half the village, sending people on 15-mile diversions. We are not getting the passing trade and we reckon it’s cut sales by 40%.”The bakery normally sells between up to 500 Christmas cakes over the festive period, but sold only 120 this year. Sales of mince pies fell from 18,000 to 12,000.Smart said he would seek compensation but had noted in the small print of the form that it would be “down to Thames Water’s discretion”.last_img read more

T-Mobile, Costco, Baidu & more

first_imgPeople walk by a T-Mobile store in San Francisco, CaliforniaJustin Sullivan | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – SmileDirectClub — SmileDirectClub traded 3.2% higher after the bell on the back of better-than-expected quarterly results. The tele-dentistry company posted a loss of 11 cents per share on revenue of $168.5 million. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected a loss of 14 cents per share on revenue of $146.2 million.Baidu — The Chinese internet company saw its stock dip 0.6% even after the release of quarterly results that beat analyst expectations. Baidu reported a profit of CNY20.35 per share, adjusted, on revenue of CNY28.23 billion. Analysts had forecast earnings per share of CNY13.62 on revenue of CNY27.45 billion. Check out the companies making headlines after the bell on Monday:T-Mobile — T-Mobile shares rose more than 2% in after-hours trading after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway disclosed a stake in the mobile networking company. A 13F filing showed the conglomerate bought 2.4 million shares of T-Mobile in the third quarter.Costco — Shares of the wholesale giant popped more than 2% after the company declared a special cash dividend of $10 per share. CFO Richard Galanti said this is possible thanks to Costco’s “strong balance sheet.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Messi scores 113th Champions League goal

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Lionel Messi scored his 113th Champions League goal as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to tighten their grip on Group F.Messi gave his side the perfect start when he side-footed home calmly inside the box from Arthur’s cute pass with just three minutes on the clock.Barca couldn’t add to their lead in the first half and were made to pay when the hosts equalised through defender Jan Obril’s 50th minute strike.Despite that setback, Ernesto Valverde’s side remained calm and took the lead for a second time when Peter Olayinka deflected Luis Suarez’s cutback past his own goalkeeper.Tags: Lionel Messilast_img read more

Future ‘very positive’ for Walcott

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Theo Walcott should be “very positive” of making a full recovery from his serious knee injury following surgery. The 24-year-old is set to be sidelined for six months after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage when making a defensive tackle in the FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham, which shattered his World Cup dream. Wenger revealed the operation had gone “very well”, and now it would be a case of everyone focusing on the player’s long-term recovery. “We have fantastic players in midfield and it always allows us to keep what we call the ‘engine’ of the team fresh. “It is a real team effort. Maybe because every player in his position has a strong personality as well – you have that feeling. “I would say purely on the football front it’s true that we only have excellent players in every position and that allows you to have different types of teams that can really be efficient.” Following injury to Walcott, Arsenal are expected to move for some offensive cover during the transfer window. Auxerre forward Paul-Georges Ntep has been touted as a potential target, along with Schalke’s German forward Julian Draxler, who is said to have a £37million buy-out clause. Wenger, though, concedes pushing through a permanent big-money deal is notoriously difficult at this stage of the season. Gunners defender Per Mertesacker, though, would welcome another of his countrymen to the Emirates Stadium. Speaking to German sports website, www.spox.com, Mertesacker said: “We already have a little German academy here and I learned that German discipline and talents are very appreciated here (at Arsenal). “We would love to welcome a player like Draxler, he is so young and already plays a huge role in Schalke and in the national team.” Mertesacker added: “There is lots of talking about possible transfers, so I am curious about what is going to happen.” Press Association “The damage was real in the knee so he will have to take the needed time, so let’s not be hopeful that he will go to the World Cup – that is not possible, but overall his long-term future is very positive,” Wenger said to Arsenal Player. “It is about being fit for next season now.” As well as having to do without Walcott, the Barclays Premier League leaders have plenty of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s visit of relegation battlers Fulham. Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky could play in a protective mask after surgery to correct a broken nose suffered in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Monday night when he was caught by a stray elbow from Gabriel Agbonlahor, but full-back Nacho Monreal is a major doubt after twisting a ligament in his foot. Captain Thomas Vermaelen (knee) is also sidelined, along with midfield duo Mikel Arteta (calf) and Aaron Ramsey (thigh). Striker Nicklas Bendtner could return from his ankle injury in the FA Cup tie against Coventry next Friday night. Despite plenty of fitness concerns, Wenger still feels his squad has enough strength in depth, particularly in midfield, as the Gunners look to hold off Manchester City and Chelsea in the title race. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski have all recently returned to fitness, boosting Wenger’s options. “In midfield we have plenty of quality players who you can rotate easily without really feeling ‘today we are weaker’,” Wenger said. last_img read more