PUBLISHED: 09:45 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 19 April 2018 David Vincent Debenhams, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR Archant Debenhams in trouble - profits plunge nearly 85% after battering from the Beast from the East Debenhams, Arc shopping centre at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: PHIL MORLEY Major high street layer Debenhams - with stores in the heart of Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, is in trouble after the long, hard winter. Debenhams saw its half-year profits plunge nearly 85% after extreme weather brought in by the Beast from the East gouged earnings. The retailer said its bottom-line pre-tax profits fell from £87.8 million to just £13.5 million over the 26 weeks to March 3, having taken a major hit during the final days of the trading period when bad weather forced Debenhams to temporarily close around 100 stores. Snow, ice and cold weather has already been a factor in the failing of the likes of Toys R Us and Maplin; forcing customers to stay at home and … [Read more...] about Debenhams profits plummet after `extreme weather’
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Arctic weather, branded the Beast from the East, has made its presence felt in the UK this week with heavy snowfalls disrupting businesses, schools and other aspects of daily life. Transport crews and emergency services have done sterling work in ensuring as many routes stay open as possible to keep us mobile. But do you think that our region is well enough prepared to cope when extreme weather strikes? … [Read more...] about Does our region have sufficient resources to cope with extreme weather?
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News / World by Press Association 03/04/2018, 8:46 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Fiji is entering a “frightening new era” of extreme weather, the leader of the Pacific island nation said after flooding from a cyclone killed at least four people. The Pacific island nation of nearly one million people avoided a direct hit from the winds after Cyclone Josie struck on Sunday, but heavy rains and flooding caused damage to homes, businesses and vehicles on the western side of the main island Viti Levu. More than 1,000 people remained in evacuation centres this week as the storm moved away. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, also known as Frank Bainimarama, said climate change was causing extreme weather events to become more severe and occur more often. Last November, he chaired a climate summit in Bonn, Germany, and he spoke at the launch of a climate change film in the capital Suva on Tuesday. He said … [Read more...] about Fiji PM warns of ‘frightening new era’ of extreme weather after deadly cyclone