Co-op stores reviewed

The fate of five Co-operative Group food stores in the north east is in doubt after the society said it was reviewing their future. The retailer owns 160 food stores in the area.

Cadbury probe delay

Birmingham City Council's investigation into the discovery of salmonella at a Cadbury factory in Marlbrook, Herefordshire, has been extended until December. The council had earlier said the inquiry would be completed this month.

Food 'going well'

High street general retailer Wilkinson said its ongoing grocery pilot in 20 of its stores was going well. A spokesman said results of the trial involving 600 food lines would be made available early next year.