Swedish appliance maker Electrolux may close its cooker factory in Spennymoor, County Durham. The Daily Telegraph. The Guardian

The world's second-largest domestic appliance maker warned yesterday that it is looking at the viability of the plant, which makes free-standing and built-in cookers for the UK and Ireland, as falling prices and fierce competition was undermining its profitability. Elextrolux said it expected to complete the investigation into the plant's future by the end of the year.

Electrolux's brands include AEG, Zanussi and Frigidaire.