Motoring by Press Association 08/10/2018, 4:44 pm Updated: 09/10/2018, 10:24 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will cease production for two weeks after demand for its vehicles slumped. The country’s biggest car-maker said the “fluctuating” global market triggered the decision to temporarily shut its Solihull plant from October 22. On Monday, JLR also reported total retail sales of 57,114 vehicles in September, down 12.3% year-on-year despite strong sales for new models. It comes off the back of plans to shift all production of its Discovery model to Slovakia from the West Midlands site, and a fall in demand for diesel cars amid concern over emissions. The Unite union described the announcement as “deeply troubling”, although JLR employees’ jobs are not thought to be under threat. They will be paid while the plant is closed, and customer … [Read more...] about Fresh blow for motor industry as Jaguar Land Rover plans production shutdown
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Three new fashion brands to open at Northern Ireland retail outlet BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Three new fashion brands, including teen favourite Jack Wills, are to open at a Co Down shopping park with the creation of 34 jobs. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/three-new-fashion-brands-to-open-at-northern-ireland-retail-outlet-37385636.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37386206.ece/caf8c/AUTOCROP/h342/ulevard-_Read-Only_.jpg Email Three new fashion brands, including teen favourite Jack Wills, are to open at a Co Down shopping park with the creation of 34 jobs. Jack Wills, famous for its pink and navy branding, will open a six-month pop-up at The Boulevard outside Banbridge in October. The owners of the centre have said it's bucking the downward trend in retail, with 25% sales growth. American fashion brand Guess and luxury British handbag and accessories brand Radley will follow suit next month. The retail park, which was formerly … [Read more...] about Three new fashion brands to open at Northern Ireland retail outlet
A CO Derry self-tanning brand is recruiting 10 new staff on the back of doubling sales in the Republic of Ireland last year.The Draperstown-based business, bBold is creating the new positions in a bid to drive greater awareness of the brand in the UK retail sector. The significant investment has also facilitated the placement of an interim manager to help bBold make improvements to its warehouse and IT systems and implement a digital strategy to increase online orders.Managing director of bBold, Catherine O'Connell said they hope to build upon the success enjoyed in the Irish pharmacy market."With Invest NI's assistance we are progressing a recruitment drive and implementing a sales and marketing strategy that will help accelerate the growth of the business."“Our ambition is to secure full listings throughout the UK so we need to recruit additional sales, marketing and distribution staff to cope with this anticipated demand," she said.Invest NI has offered bBold £70,000 … [Read more...] about Co Derry beauty brand recruits 10 staff to help grow UK sales
UK Car Production Down: But Is It All About Brexit? I receive many messages in my burgeoning email inbox. Some of them I don’t want to read because they bear no relation to what I actually do. I do not, for example, want to buy electrical parts from China, perfumes from Paris, and I don’t want to meet attractive girls from foreign lands. Well, in a sort of typically male lecherous sense I do, but the marriage contract and the prospects for my future health don’t allow for it. I also get a lot of mail every financial quarter from motor manufacturers shouting from the rooftops that the last three months have been their best yet in terms of sales and profits; this includes European car makers like Volvo and Volkswagen. They must be doing this by means of economies of scale or something because, if the UK motor industry is anything to go by, business is not looking rosy. Worrying Statistics Figures recently released show that UK car production once again declined in … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: Is It All About Brexit?
Register for our free newsletterCar manufacturing in the UK was down 13.3 per cent last month, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The industry body’s data shows that 147,471 cars rolled off UK production lines in March, compared with 170,056 in the same month last year. The biggest hit was to the home market, which fell 17.7 per cent from 39,852 in March 2017 to 32,796 last month. That said, exports, which made up 77.8 per cent of the total market, also decreased from 130,204 to 114,675 – a year-on-year decrease of 11.9 per cent. This means that total Q1 manufacturing was down 6.3 per cent year-on-year, from 469,841 to 440,426, with eight in 10 cars built being shipped overseas. The news has prompted the SMMT to call for the UK to remain in the customs union, arguing that for every one pound generated by the industry, three pounds are delivered to the economy via adjacent sectors such as logistics, retail and finance, with the industry … [Read more...] about UK car manufacturing down 13 per cent in March according to SMMT