Consumer confidence in the UK fell in February as big-ticket purchases experienced a five point decline.
Homewares retailer Argos has confirmed it plans to open a new store in Gateshead.
Danish retail chain JYSK has reported another year of turnover growth within its UK division as it plans to expand its British store estate.
Independent retailer Furniture Village has confirmed it plans to open a new store in Merseyside this year.
Online flooring retailer Connection Flooring Ltd has announced the launch of its debut store in Gateshead.