Tesco deal passed 

The OFT has cleared the acquisition by Tesco of five former Somerfield stores in Thurso, Bedlington, Little Lever, Ramsbottom and North Hykeham. 

Carluccio's on a roll 

Italian restaurant and deli chain Carluccio's recorded a 66% increase in pre-tax profit to £5.3m in the year to 23 September on sales up 18% to £54m. Six new stores opened this year , with five more planned for 2008 . 

Honey helps coughs 

Natural honey is a more effective remedy for children's coughs than over-the-counter medicines, researchers have claimed. A dose of buckwheat honey before bedtime out performed a cough suppressant in a US study.