Asda is to open eight more standalone George clothing stores this year after testing the format in six towns and cities during 2004 - The Observer
Google is considering entering the home telephony market with a free internet telephone service. Separately, Littlewoods is looking into the launch of a home telephone service - The Times, Sunday Express
The European Union has warned the UK food industry that it has a year to stop advertising 'junk' food to children and improve product labelling before it introduces punitive legislation - Financial Times
NTL and Telewest have launched their long-awaited video-on-demand services, offering content from major broadcasters and studios including Sony, Disney and the BBC. The service will be rolled out nationwide over the next 12 months - The Times
Chelsea FC has terminated its 10-year kit supply deal with Umbro halfway through the contract. Chelsea, which paid £24.5m in compensation to Umbro, is understood to be seeking a more lucrative deal with Nike or Adidas. Its deal with Umbro will now expire in June 2006 - The Times, The Sun
Laura Ashley is rumoured to be moving out of fashion to focus on its more successful furniture business. However, chief financial officer David Cook insisted that fashion, which makes up 25% of its business, would only be reduced - Sunday Express.